Daimler and Toyota in Talks
You know this one is going to be good. Auto Motor und Sport says the two giants are having a little klatsch about platform and technology sharing, with typically crazy rumors flying out of the discussion. Mercedes hasn’t planned its next-generation A- and B-classes yet, and Toyota is looking to rationalize its European production capacity. Could the Merc A/B end up sharing parts, platform or even production with future Toyota models? It sure looks like the possibility is on the table. But that’s not the weirdest rumor. There’s even talk of sharing costs between future generations of the Mercedes S-Class and Lexus LS. Plus Toyota is reportedly interested in Mercedes’ battery technology. Or is that Tesla‘s? As tempting as it is to simply dismiss this all out of hand as just another wild-ass rumor, the Aston Cygnet proves that Toyota is more willing to enter into ridiculous deals than you might imagine.
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