BMW confirms support for Jaguar Land RoverNovember 14, 2019
BMW CEO declined to rule out that the company could potentially continue to collaborate with JLR in the future. BMW boss refused to deny that his company could continue to work with Jaguar Land Rover or directly invest in a British company.
Earlier this week, industry sources suggested that the owner of the JLR Tata is actively caring for BMW and a number of Chinese firms, including Geely, for investments that will allow it to develop new models and electrification technologies that will become increasingly important at the end of the next. decade.
Speaking at the opening of the new BMW Battery Competency Center in Munich, the CEO of the German manufacturer Oliver Zipse left open the question of whether his company could be based on the existing JLR deal announced in the summer to develop electric drive units. “Collaboration and teamwork is a new norm,” – Zipse said. “This is not only with transmissions. We also have agreements with many other component manufacturers that go far beyond the normal supply chain.
“With Jaguar Land Rover, we announced a collaboration in the field of electric transmission, and it works very well. We have another collaboration with them on internal combustion engines. Everything else is the future. The decision has not been made, and I would not comment on what has not yet been taken. “
Zips also defended the strategy of BMW CLAR and FAAR – two platforms supporting diesel, gasoline, hybrid and purely electric cars. Other brands, including Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen Group, have invested heavily in custom-made electric platforms, which, in their opinion, offer packaging benefits and efficiencies that outweigh the reduced flexibility they bring.
But when he was asked when BMW would have to think about creating its own autonomous platform for electric vehicles, Zips answered: “In our unified architecture you can integrate all components. You do not have to compromise here. It takes a lot of effort and reflection, and we are on the way to it. We believe that this is our USP: you do not need the architecture itself (for electric vehicles).
“You can see some BMW models with their own platforms, it will be once every two years,” – he added, referring to iNEXT. “But for the mass market, we do not see the need for a specific platform. There is only one reason why you did this: you were too slow and you need to pick up speed. ”
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