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BMW To Develop New Front-Wheel Drive Hybrids With PSA Peugeot Citroen

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Until now, BMW’s hybrid technology has only been applied in its upper range models like the 5- and 7-Series ActiveHybrid sedans and the X6 crossover, the latter of which is billed as the world’s most powerful hybrid vehicle. However, the automaker’s future generation of hybrids will also span the entry-level ranges like the 1-Series and even a new front-wheel drive model currently in the works.

In preparation, BMW has signed a deal with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen group to expand their already successful powertrain cooperation by now including hybrid component development for front-wheel drive cars. A memorandum of understanding to this effect has been signed by BMW boss Norbert Reithofer and Philippe Varin, the head of PSA Peugeot Citroen.

The components are to be used in front-wheel drive vehicles with electrified drivetrains, and the deal is to include the joint development and joint purchasing to help reduce costs. As an added benefit, the deal will help spur the standardization of key hybrid components across several different brands, including BMW, MINI, Peugeot and Citroen.

The two auto giants have a long history of cooperation in the powertrain field, having just this year announced another deal to develop a new four-cylinder engine family and now this latest hybrid episode.

[BMW, PSA Peugeot Citroen]
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