E s there it felt more and more frequently: platforms, engines or vehicle parts shared by competing automobile manufacturers. In other words, two manufacturers share a platform, for example, but at the end of the day they present and celebrate their vehicle as the only world car. Or both manufacturers produce an engine each and then exchange it with one another.
One of the latest twin pairs is formed from the BMW Z4 and the Toyota Supra. In addition to numerous identical parts, such as the BMW six-cylinder, which is used in both vehicles, there is still a big difference: the body shape - Toyota builds a coupé, BMW a roadster. While the Bavarians move the pilot more into the center and say goodbye to the endless hood, Toyota emphasizes exactly this shape with a long nose and a short tail. The BMW Z4 does not only share the engine with the brisk Japanese. The potent six-transmitter also works under the curvy front of the Morgan Plus Six.
This year, Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA), the merger of Citroën, DS, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall the great upheaval with a completely new platform on which the Opel Corsa is located in addition to the Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback. This is the PSA platform called CMP (Common Modular Platform). It allows a weight reduction of around 100 kilos. The Peugeot 108 and the Citroën C1, which also share a platform, come from the same PSA family. A platform that is also used by the Toyota Aygo. And yet another example of PSA platform sharing: Opel Grandland and Peugeot 2008.
TheThe Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is in no way inferior to PSA and is very willing to trade with Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, Nissan X-Trail and Renault Koleos as well as Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar. Together with this French alliance, Mercedes-Benz has put one or the other vehicle on the road. The Citan and Renault Kangoo, like the A-Class and the Infiniti Q30, the GLA and the Infiniti QX30 as well as the X-Class and the Nissan Navara, are not only brothers in spirit, but also in steel.
Together through the mud
When listing alliances and groups, the Volkswagen Group cannot be missing, as the biggest platform and engine brothers show: VW Touareg, Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Audi Q7. It is interesting, however, that thanks to a high carbon content, the Italian weighs significantly less than its MLB brothers (modular longitudinal construction kit).
When developing pickups, weight reduction is of course also on the agenda these days, But the main thing is to prove yourself in the field. It is in his genes that the trio of Nissan Navara, Mercedes X-Class and Renault Alaska can do a short ride out into nature. Because that's exactly what the brothers, developed on the same platform, share. Also fighting for customers in the pickup segment, but sharing the same platform, the Mitsubishi L200 and its sibling Fiat Fullback drive through the mud.
Small roadsters and athletes with double hearts
Two little jokers share around 70 percent of the parts installed in them: the Mazda MX-5 and the Fiat 124 Spider. How did it come about? Although the MX-5 is the best-selling roadster in the world, Mazda seldom earned it, but always managed it. To keep this going, Mazda wanted to sell more of the expensive roadsters. Fiat wanted to sell a roadster, but not develop it expensively. Enter the Fiat 124Spider. Both Mazda and Fiat assemble their roadsters in their home countries, i.e. Japan and Italy. The Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86 are also small, but with a solid roof. The BRZ, developed jointly with Toyota, has been on the market since 2012.