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Old 06-06-2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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by Samuel McEachern

Former FCA CEO, the late Sergio Marchionne, predicted long ago that car companies would have to join forces as automotive research and development costs continue to rise.

The insightful Italian-Canadian cautioned companies from spending billions to develop identical tech to their rivals just to call it their own, and it seems the industry is beginning to listen.

This week, Jaguar and BMW announced a partnership that will see them join forces on next-generation EV drive systems – likely realizing that it is pointless to develop their own versions of technology that will end up performing in similar or nearly identical ways.

In a statement, the two companies said the “strategic collaboration will build on the considerable knowledge and expertise in electrification,” within Jaguar and BMW. Jaguar brings knowledge gained from the development of the I-Pace SUV to the table, while BMW will contribute through experience gained developing and producing the i3.

“The agreement will enable both companies to take advantage of efficiencies arising from shared research and development and production planning as well as economies of scale from joint procurement across the supply chain,” Jaguar and BMW added.

Jaguar and BMW are a good fit for one another as they have similar levels of experience with production electric vehicles. They are also both luxury automakers, so they will have similar needs for their next-gen electric powertrains with regard to refinement, performance, and range. Future Jag/BMW powertrains will still be quite different, however, with both saying they will develop systems “to deliver the specific characteristics required for their respective range of products.”

Jaguar and BMW did not provide a timeline on when we could see its next-generation electric drive system make its debut.

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Old 06-07-2019, 06:13 AM
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What does this have to do with parts and accessories?
You guys need better staff.
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Jaguar and BMW sounds like a good combination.
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Are there any legitimate sources of replacement electronic bmw ignition keys that cost less than dealers?
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Tata (owner of Jaguar and Land Rover) is having financial trouble in their home country of India. But, JLR is making money. So, they quash rumors they were gong to sell JLR to generate cash. The original MINI engines were made by a joint venture between BMW and Daimler-Benz.

Range Rovers are beautiful SUV's. But, I'm scared to buy one. A friend's wife just got a Jag' F Pace SUV. I'm going to have to stop by their store and look at it. BMW briefly owned Land Rover. They got tired of fighting with the LR bureaucracy and sold LR to Ford. But, they dropped BMW V8's in LR's and RR's before they did. Ford was stuck buying engines from BMW until they could come up with something. JLR was partnering with the French companies and maybe Volvo for engines for a while. JLR's just about the only game in town for a diesel SUV in the US now.
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