Bmw and PSA to build a front-wheel-drive 1-Series

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

The joint venture of BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen is set to extend operations to include a new small car platform, which will likely be used to create a front-wheel-drive 1-Series and the next generation of Minis.

BMW and PSA are already engaged in the joint design and production of four-pot engines for Mini and PSA models but the two companies are now preparing a deal to build a new modular front-wheel drive platform.

The structure that they have planned supports the next-generation Mini range, including successors to the Citroen C3 and C4, Peugeot 308 and the upcoming Peugeot 208.

A BMW source reveals that the duo had wanted to extend their joint venture operations. He says that ultimately, a decision was made for BMW to build on the relationship with Peugeot.

The details of the decision are set to be made public early next year. The largest hurdle is related to the platform's use in the 1-series. It's speculated that future incarnations of the 1-Series would be on the same basic structure as the 2013 Mini.

A BMW source had disclosed that discussions continue on whether BMW should break with the tradition of rear and four-wheel-drive cars.

The source said that this is one subject that the company is not eager to take up but then the company has to be realistic with the targets it has set for fuel consumption and emissions, and as such, these targets prefer a front-wheel-drive solution for 2018.

Topics: bmw, psa, fwd, partnership

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Are you a big fan of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion? Or are you a big fan of the iconic Ferrari F50? Either way, you will...
by - February 24, 2017
It seems that AM-RB 001 hypercar is not the only vehicle project that Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has gone into. This time, don’t expect something as outlandish as...
by - February 24, 2017
The year 2018 marks the golden anniversary of Subaru of America. Of course, the company will celebrate 50 years of being at the helm of the brand’s crusade in North...
by - February 24, 2017
During car crashes and accidents, there are times that its occupants can’t get out easily. There are times when the only way to get out of that situation is to...
by - February 23, 2017
Could this be a special version of Ferrari’s much acclaimed LaFerrari? No matter how we look at it, the patent images for this sports car from Ferrari indicate its striking...
by - February 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries