Hooniverse Asks: What As-Yet Un-Paired Car Makers Should Join Forces?

So it recently came to my attention that Infiniti is selling a new model—the QX30—that it just so happens is based on Mercedes’ GLA. This strange scenario is the first fruit of a collaborative relationship between Daimler and Renault-Nissan.
I say it’s strange because, to be honest the GLA isn’t one of Mercedes’ brightest stars. It seems however that with the QX30 Infiniti has addressed a number of the platform’s shortcomings. That’s the sign of a successful partnership, leveraging the best practices of each partner.
That got me thinking that there have been a number of successful partnerships and pairings over the years – Ford and Lotus, Isuzu and Lotus, Toyota and Lotus, just to name a few. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t untapped partnerings that would obviously be completely fabulous. With that in mind, what as yet un-paired car makers do you think should be exploring their wonder-twin powers?
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26 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: What As-Yet Un-Paired Car Makers Should Join Forces?”

  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    Does it have to be two car makers? Maybe a car and a bike, like Volkswagen teaming up with Trek?
    I’d sure like to see some Giant Tatas.

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    GM and everyone. LS all the things… from the factory.

  3. Hillman_Hunter Avatar

    Local Motors + Honda = Accord Fighter
    Themed for today’s politically fractious climate

  4. Kiefmo Avatar

    Just about any car company and W. Edwards Deming, because many of them seem to have forgotten his lessons.

  5. Desmo Avatar

    I think there is already a rebadged Renault sold as Mercedes.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      The future Mercedes pickup (X-class?) will be based on a Renault Alaskan aka Nissan Navara/Frontier

  6. P161911 Avatar

    I didn’t realize that GM and Nissan were in bed together too. Chevy sells the small Nissan van with a Chevy badge.

    1. duurtlang Avatar

      Opel (GM) sells Renault (in partnership with Nissan) vans as well.

  7. Alff Avatar

    I would like Sbarro, Mansory and Mitsuoka to come together in an orgy of poor taste.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      Can Dartz get in on that?

      1. Alff Avatar

        Only if they provide the whale penis leather.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I dunno if Sbarro can hold up their end of the deal when they’re counting on foot traffic through mall food courts to survive, though.

      1. Alff Avatar

        The Sbarro name does indeed convey quality.

  8. Sjalabais Avatar

    Isn’t the industry collaboration basically boundaryless already? Can’t come up with a combo that hasn’t be done or overdone yet…

  9. P161911 Avatar

    Morgan and Cietza-Moroder. Because the world needs a V-16, 3 wheeled, wooden framed car.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Patents filed under “population control”?

      1. Borkwagen Avatar

        Only if it becomes the next Mustang.

  10. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Fisker and GM should join up and put the Corvette drivetrain under the Karma.
    Oh, wait…

  11. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar

    Kawasaki should team up with Zonda, because they’d just encourage each other.
    Badass freak posse.

  12. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    How long can BMW go it alone? I don’t know who, but I’m sure several are interested.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      They have a partnership on some level with PSA, sharing engines for the Mini. Also with Toyota for the Z4 replacement, which will also be the ‘Supra’.
      It seems that smaller scope partnerships work better, eg Mazda MX5/Fiat 124. On that note Mazda have cut ties with Ford for the pickup and are now working with Isuzu for the next model.

      1. engineerd Avatar

        Ford sold their position in Mazda and have cut ties with them already. The Flat Rock auto plant is no longer building Mazda 6es alongside Mustangs. Now it’s Lincoln Continentals alongside Mustangs.

        1. MicallefTonight Avatar

          Ford and Honda should team up; both large but not massive global car makers where they’re both somewhat lacking is in their luxury arms, a major growing area of the global market. Acura and Lincoln are a bit weak individually, but together with the Lincoln badge used in the Americas, China, Korea and the Middle East and Acura in Japan, SE Asia, Europe, Russia, India and Australia. Sharing engine tech (including new fuel) and body platforms.
          Another option would be Ford dumping their 2nd Chinese JV partner Jiangling in favour of one of Honda’s either GAC or Dongfeng (or more ideally GAC, Dongfeng or ChangAn buy Jiangling and Ford sign up with GAC or Dongfeng in addition to ChangAn) and Ford/Honda and their joint Chinese JV launch an ‘Asian Dacia’ perhaps using a currently defunct marque like Merkur or Edsel or alternatively one of the sub brands owned by the chosen JV partner.
          Alternatively Mazda could work with FAW one of their Chinese JV partners and Toyota to re-launch Autozam (their own ‘Asian Dacia’), Eunos a ‘Sino-Japanese Pontiac’, Efini as a Sino-Japanese version of Lexus [built in China unlike Lexus at present – now the only Japanese luxury arm not building cars in China] and maybe even an actually launched Amanti [as an above Efini luxury brand].

          1. outback_ute Avatar

            Ford already does ‘Dacia’ cars, the Figo, Escort and you might even lump the Chinese Taurus and Ecosport in that category.
            engineerd – Ford & Mazda still co-own the AutoAlliance Thailand factory in Thailand where they build the Ranger & BT-50, Everest, Fiesta, Ecosport and Mazda3 according to wiki.

  13. Jaap Avatar

    Saab, Rover, Lancia

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