An Italian Job?
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of the Fiat Group, is expected to announce a partnership with another automaker tomorrow morning.; Although he hasn’t confirmed such reports, it’s widely expected that the third-generation Mini, a BMW product, will share its platform with Fiat’s next Grande Punto hatchback, both scheduled to debut after 2010.
Such a move may allow BMW to reduce development costs for the new Mini, but it certainly will help Fiat’s product development teams.; The current Grande Punto lies on the Gamma platform, a program co-developed during Fiat’s brief and turbulent liaison with GM.
Although the Turin-based automaker has links to other partners, including PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Suzuki, products shared with those automakers are limited to badge-engineered cargo vans and compact cars, respectively.
Rumors also have it that BMW and Fiat may also co-develop a new range of gasoline and diesel powertrain.; The current Mini uses 1.4- and 1.6-liter I-4s designed by both BMW and Peugeot.
Source: Automotive News