Nissan, Bosch Speculated to be in Talks on Hybrid Car Systems

Nikkan Kogyo newspaper reports Nissan is seeking to ease the burden of heavy research and development costs, while Bosch has also worked on developing batteries needed in hybrids.

Published: 14-Nov-2007

Japan's Nissan Motor Co and Robert Bosch GmbH, the world's largest auto parts supplier, are in talks to form a comprehensive alliance in hybrid systems and parts, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

Japan's third-biggest auto maker has lagged rivals Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd in green technology but plans to offer a hybrid vehicle using internally developed technology as early as 2010.

Germany's privately held Bosch is dominant in diesel fuel injection systems but has also been developing hybrid powertrains, which link combustion engines with an electric motor.

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