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The auto industry cross-pollination continues, with BMW
having signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand their engineering collaboration to include a new hybrid system. Specifically, this will be a hybrid drive for front-wheel drive vehicles, marking a departure for both BMW and Peugeot.
BMW's interest isn't a complete surprise since the Bavarian firm has been making more and more noise about city cars and a small FWD offering
for the U.S market. Although there have been practically no details on BMW's so-called UKL line, this could be the development that provides a hybrid option for the range. It's possible that Mini
might get this as well, but with a gaggle of tiny hybrids coming, like the expected Yaris-sized hybrid
joining the Prius
line, it's not a stretch to imagine BMW won't want to spread this around.
The novel thing for Peugeot is also the turned wheels, but in a different way: their hybrid cars have used the motors to turn the rear wheels
, while the fronts were pushed by the ICE. It remains to be seen where Peugeot will apply a dedicated FWD hybrid vehicle.
[Source: BMW]Continue reading Report: BMW to collaborate with Peugeot on hybrid system for FWD cars
Report: BMW to collaborate with Peugeot on hybrid system for FWD cars
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