Daimler, the corporation behind Mercedes, is seemingly in talks with Japanese automaker Toyota for using their hybrid system in the A-class they will release from 2013 onwards.

The German automaker had also signed contracts with Renault-Nissan and BMW, joining efforts to bring hybrid cars to their maximum efficiency. The collaboration would also cover fuel cell vehicles and other next-generation concepts.

The news has been presented by the Japanese newspaper Nikkan Jidosha on last Thursday, and lacks any comment from Daimler’s part, whose spokeswoman said that the general discussions in the industry were “quite normal.”

Daimler’s collaboration with BMW has resulted in the latest Mercedes S-class to have some form of a hybrid system, though not as effective as Toyota’s. On the other hand, the Japanese manufacturer is said to supply core hybrid parts to Mazda, which has also signed an agreement with Ford for their proprietary hybrid drivetrain.

Toyota’s Prius is the flagship of the green vehicle trend, having the longest lifespan of 13 years and millions of units built and delivered around the world. It’s no wonder that Daimler wants a piece of Japanese knowledge… still, the technology seems to get shared between the auto giants and this can only mean one thing: better, more fuel efficient cars for the future.

[via reuters/gas2]

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  1. The hired lobby flacks for GM, Ford & Chrysler were ordered to DC to wave money at some senators in order to get $25B of tax payer $$ because Detroit was going broke. The Senators said,” we can’t get you any more taxpayer money because the public thinks you are lying” “Tell them we need the money to build electric cars- and then we can BS them into coughing it up” said the lobbyists. “Great idea” said the Senators as they took their 10%. But Senator Bingaman caught them and said: “I’m just gonna stick two little clauses in this give-away bill called Section 136. One: you can’t get the money if you are going bankrupt and, two, all American car companies should have access to it”

    In 2008 only five car companies had applied before the deadline.
    The Bad Guys:
    Lachland Seward
    Steven Chu
    Nancy Pelosi
    Matt Rogers and his partner Steve and most of Tesla’s friends at McKinsey Consulting from Silicon Valley (Who used Tax payer jets to fly back and forth to Silicon Valley to go bike riding)

    The few applicants that did get money spent tens of millions of dollars on bribes and lobby “incentives” equal in ratio to the money they got.

    Google Tesla’s Siry on “DOE stifles innovation” to read what one of the highest level staff at one of the car companies said.

    The GAO, a federal crime busting agency, just released public reports saying that the DOE Loan programs were corrupt. All of the people under Seward were “connected” or “made men” in the Detroit cadre. Seward changed the section 136 first-come-first serve rule (Which appears to be illegal) in order to provide advantages to his friends in Detroit who didnt bother to apply in time and to cut out the smaller players who were already ahead in the application process..

    Detroit has already wasted, or lost, more money than all of the other applicants requests put together. Seward set-up blockades for those who were not insiders and “freight-trained” his friendlies through the process.

    Those who got the money failed on the same things that those who didn’t passed on. It was 100% crony, 100% favoritism and 100% corrupt.

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