BMW, Mercedes reduce number of architectures
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are reducing their number of vehicle architectures to speed development of new models and cut costs.
BMW and MINI will use only two architectures, one for front-wheel drive and another for rear-wheel drive models. Today, the two brands use five.
Mercedes vehicles will use four architectures, down from nine five years ago. For both carmakers will be easier to share parts and assembly equipment.