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      02-09-2008, 05:47 AM   #1
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Car Magazine have an article about BMW and Mercedes co-operating more to cut costs. Interesting way for them to boost profits as both have had their fingers burned with buying other companys. Worth a read, it would mean more common parts or even cars that are much the same apart from branding, interior etc (like VW do I guess).
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Very very interesting. Problem is now, if someone buys a Audi, I think VW! and porcshe v (sometimes), it blends the brands

but BMW and Merc have to do something, Audi is bringing out more models that a fashion show! its getting stupid IMO, a car in every segment, and some segments that haven't been invented (for a reason
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Car Magazine have an article about BMW and Mercedes co-operating more to cut costs. Interesting way for them to boost profits as both have had their fingers burned with buying other companys. Worth a read, it would mean more common parts or even cars that are much the same apart from branding, interior etc (like VW do I guess).
What this means is that we have only the illusion of choice.
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I read an article last year based on BMW & Merc. joining forces to produce a small engined diesel, in a car based on the size of Audi's A1/A2. They believed by joining forces it would be more profitable in the long term, especially when developing engines to meet even more stringent and inevitable EU Co2 emission laws.
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Makes me feel a little better getting the Merc GL. It's just an X5 in disguise then and now I dont feel like a fraud being on here!

Now I am driving a 'BMercW', can I have permission to give Carlosh shit again?
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Now I am driving a 'BMercW', can I have permission to give Carlosh shit again?
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..Now I am driving a 'BMercW', can I have permission to give Carlosh shit again?
That was never an issue, Pete.

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