Both manufacturers, PSA Peugeot cars and BMW will cease their partnership on petrol engines of 1.4 and 1.6 liters, according to the business daily Les Echos. Their agreement maturing in 2016 and would not be renewed.
“We do not comment on rumors” and “nothing says it will put an end to this cooperation, “however, reacted Jean-Baptiste Thomas , director of media relations PSA group, told AFP.
According to him, this “computation” is the result of BMW’s decision to equip the next generation of the Mini, marketed from 2014, an engine developed in-house but it is “premature” to comment on the become of this cooperation on gasoline by 1.4 and 1.6-liter engines.
The reason for the break after some ten years of cooperation would, according to Les Echos, the technology adopted by the Germans from BMW is no longer compatible with that of the French.
“Since PSA has launched its alliance with GM, the tracks we considered all fell. Industrial logic became different,” says a source close to the BMW Echos.
The end of the partnership would be a blow to the French factory of Mechanical, Douvrin, which produced more than 3.1 million engines since 2006 in the framework of this cooperation, the newspaper said. A year ago, PSA and BMW have announced the end of their cooperation in hybrid vehicles.