The on-again, off-again, and forget about it romances between BMW and Daimler are legend. So much legend, that they fill pages on Google. Short version: The tops want some kind of a wedding, the bottoms torpedo any collaboration wherever they can. So if BMW and Daimler won’t be able to tie the knots(s), who can? Wait until you hear who dares.
Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that “GM flirts with BMW.” They already cooperate with transmissions and hybrid powertrains (they do?), but now they want to get to third base.
The paper heard that there are low-level talks (they often are more productive than high level announcements with no follow-through) “which haven’t progressed too far yet.” GM might be interested in engines and maybe more. Forget about BMW buying into the IPO: “Cross share holdings are out of the question, even if they are only symbolic,” said a BMW spokesperson to the Handelblatt. BMW wants to keep its independence.