A few daysago, the Britishauto-CAR has publishedthe news ofthe proposedjoint development ofa sports carBMW andMcLaren,which proved to beuntrue
The news wasreprintedby almost allthe world’scarseditions, but as it turned out, it wasan ordinarynewspapercanard. Whathastened to declarethe head of thesportsdivisionM GmbHFrank vanMeel, which, according tothe publicationCAR,was totakethe issueof the futuresports car.
Wehave great respectforMcLaren, butto resortto their aidare not goingas wellas the BMWM GmbH, andhave all thenecessary resourcesfor independentdevelopmentof a sports car” – saidFrank vanMeel. “Ihave not heard anythingabout negotiationswith McLarenon theBoardof Management of BMWand generallylearned about themfrom the press. Ourflagshipsports carhas beenandwill beBMW i8,and ifweset aboutdeveloping a newsports car, it is only after theendlifecycleBMW i8 ».
At this point, you should pay particular attention. BMW i8 went on sale a half years ago, and its “life cycle”, in the words of Frank van Mil, must end somewhere in the 2019-2020 year. Therefore, at this time BMW has to prepare his successor, unless, of course, the Bavarians do not want to volunteer to give up sports car segment competitors, in that hard to believe. Hence, the BMW should soon begin to develop a successor to BMW i8, if not already started.
And with McLaren or without a question, in fact, not of fundamental importance. In this case, it makes sense to focus on the main competitors of the Bavarians – Daimler AG and Audi, who have their own sports cars that is now and in the future are not going to leave this segment. Moreover, this segment remains very stable in recent years, and to lose it would be very unwise. BMW’s are well aware of, so that Frank van Mil, most likely, did not say much of what he knows. Rather, it merely denied the information on collaboration with McLaren, said nothing about the prospective developments.
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