March 2, 2007

BMW and DaimlerChrysler to cooperate on hybrid drive system development

Munich, Germany – The BMW Group and DaimlerChrysler AG are expanding their collaboration on hybrid drive systems, and will participate as equal partners in the development of a hybrid module for rear-wheel-drive, premium-segment cars. Both automakers plan to commercialize the new module within the next three years.

Both manufacturers will benefit from the pooling of development capacity, and from improved cost efficiencies due to higher unit volumes. The components will be individually adapted to the different character of the two brands.

The core development work on the proposed mild hybrid module will take place in Germany. The new collaboration extends the existing cooperation at the Hybrid Development Center in Troy, Michigan, which began in 2005.

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