CAR MAK­ERS WILL CO-OP­ER­ATE MORE

Autocar - - A CARVOYANT’S GUIDE TO 2019 TOP TIPS - JH

It wasn’t so long ago that mar­ques that were owned by the same com­pany couldn’t fathom ways to work to­gether (we’re talk­ing about you, Saab), over­look­ing the po­ten­tial to save tens of mil­lions in de­vel­op­ment costs by shar­ing know-how in­ter­nally.

Now, though, it’s all the rage for mar­ques that aren’t even owned by the same com­pany to work to­gether, be it PSA and BMW, BMW and Toy­ota, Renault, Nis­san and Mercedes, Mazda and Fiat, Audi and Hyundai, or Ford and Volk­swa­gen.

Ex­pect to see this trend in­ten­sify as car mak­ers face up to the chal­lenges (and costs) of de­vel­op­ing hy­brid, elec­tric and hy­dro­gen pow­er­trains at the same time as in­vest­ing in con­nec­tiv­ity, au­ton­omy and more.

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