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Third automaker may join GM, DCX hybrid development effort

MARY CONNELLY | Automotive News
Posted Date: 3/25/05

DETROIT -- By year end, a third automaker may join the DaimlerChrysler AG and General Motors partnership developing hybrid technology.

"There are discussions under way. They are very lively and very serious," Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler group CEO, said last week after a speech here. "I would not be surprised if within this year we would come up with an additional" partner.

Zetsche would not specify the automaker.

Several auto companies have expressed interest in joining the hybrid development venture, Zetsche said in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club.

"We've structured the program to allow for additional automotive partners," he said.

In December, DaimlerChrysler and GM told of a plan to develop hybrid technology for applications in GM, Chrysler group and Mercedes group vehicles.

Variants planned include rear- and front-wheel-drive versions of cars and trucks.

The technology will be on the road by late 2007, Zetsche said last week.

One analyst says adding partners would reduce cost.

"A partner can be someone bringing and sharing technology," says Lindsay Brooke, a senior analyst specializing in hybrid and advanced powertrain technology at CSM Worldwide in Farmington Hills, Mich. Or a partner may buy the technology for vehicle installations, he says.

"The more units the merrier in terms of bringing the costs down," Brooke says. "These technologies are very expensive to develop."

Zetsche said competing automakers "underestimated the interest that Toyota and Honda hybrids would generate."
Who could it be? Hyundai? I think VW is a likly candidate even though they tote diesels a great deal? How about BMW? Sice Benz is getting hybrid through the GM and DCX partnership in this project, and Lexus is rolling out luxury hybrid vehicles already, BMW is kinda left in the dark.
 

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divinewisdom said:
wasnt it Lutz who said hybrid wont last? hahaha
hahaha now they desperately lookin for partner... yeah right... talk bad some more..just wait and see the outcome will hybrid just a trend that come and gone? or it will be mainstream?
 

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divinewisdom said:
wasnt it Lutz who said hybrid wont last? hahaha
I believe so. But you can't blame him. A lot of the experts see Hybrid as a short-term fix for our energy problem. Lutz and these other guys see hydrogen as the future, and it will most likely be.

BUT, they (GM) do need a hybrid NOW because Hydrogen is still a half a decade to a decade or so away.
 
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