GM, Ford to Share Engines?

August 4, 2008
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Ford and General Motors may be ready to share development of a new generation of engines, according to a report in the Detroit News.

The paper says the automakers started talking a month ago, with GM approaching Ford about sharing powertrain technology. The News adds that Ford didn't exactly respond with open hearts, but others--supposedly, including Ford's global product chief Darryl Kuzak--saw it as a shot for Ford to get access to GM's technology that will power the 2010 Chevrolet Volt. At least three meetings have taken place, and Ford PR execs aren't exactly putting cold water on the report.

The companies successfully worked together to develop the emerging generation of six-speed automatic transmissions, though Ford is not involved in the multi-company two-mode hybrid project that involves GM, Chrysler, Daimler and BMW.

What could be the benefit of sharing powertrains? We've heard murmurs from some German automakers that a big announcement of this size and scope is coming after the elections. GM and Ford could realize major cost savings in hybrids and diesels--while axing the amount of money they have to spend on big V-8s that seem to be heading for smaller and smaller market shares.

What do you think? Which engines are the best from each automaker, and who should take the lead on certain types of powertrains? Tell us in a comment below, and read more over at the News.

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