Fiat, BMW to Collaborate on Platform, Engines
Fiat makes some really wonderful small cars. But as always, it's more fun to do it with someone else! And so Fiat likes to take lovers, much like the Italian Prime Minister does (e.g. former topless model/current Minister for Equal Opportunities Mara Carfagna, Ministers of Parliament Gabriella Giammanco, Micaela Biancofiore and Nunzia De Girolamo and Venezuelan Model Aida Yespica). Consider: The Fiat Panda and 500 share a platform with the upcoming Ford Ka. Fiat partnered with PSA Peugeot-Citroen for the (these are real names) Fiorino, Bipper, and Nemo small vans. In Europe, Fiat sells the car us North Americans know as the Suzuki SX4 as the Fiat Sedici. And Fiat has been rumored to be talking to Tata about accessing Jaguar's RWD platforms for future models. And now, BMW! Automotive News reports that Fiat is looking to hook-up with BMW for future platform engineering and powerplants. In particular, BMW and Fiat may co-develop the next gen Fiat 500 and MINI. Considering the 500 is reported to be not the most phenomenal car to drive, this would be good news for the Italians. For its part, BMW realizes the importance of collaboration. The current MINI Cooper's 1.6-liter mill was co-developed with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, which also makes a home in a number of small French car-things. And BMW has declared that future BMW branded 4-cylinder engines will be shared with PSA. So how long is it, really, before there are just two car platforms in the world: one RWD, one FWD, with 30 different badges?
Stingray on Jul 08, 2008
Dios mio!!!!! never seen Aida Yespica before... WOW!!!! Thanks man for showing me the local beaties. Oops, this is about cars... almost forgot.... Fiat is either or selling or "buying" engineering. Fiat engines are rock solid, and the gearbox ratios are well selected. And they kick ass in diesels. Didn't know about the partnership with PSA on the Fiorino. In fact the first of those type of vans I remember is precisely the Fiorino. I don't think about one FWD or RWD platform. I see about 8 FWD and 4-8 RWD or a series of modular platforms that can be converted to FWD/RWD or AWD just changing some parts. The Iveco heavy and medium truck cabins are VERY modular (smart italians) and can be EASILY configured for LHD or RHD, in some cases, just by swapping parts. Of course, I'm simplifying a lot. Don't see why cannot be done with cars.
Blowfish on Jul 08, 2008
Looks like FIAT has mastered the small engines, or else Bimmer wouldnt have teamed up with them. But then whats wrong with Bimmer to make their own small engines, they used to build bubble cars, 700cc etc. Or their own engneers got too entangle with Bangle. Simply too F***ing lazy to work. So the MINI in the future will have an Italian job. The original movie with Michael Caine was priceless.
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