BMW and Aprilia in talks

BMW and Aprilia are having talks over merging some elements of their production and development plans.

The firms have worked together in the past – on the first generation BMW F650 bikes. They were built by Aprilia from 1993 to 1999 –after which production switched to Berlin.

In a statement on Friday, BMW said the discussions related to “conceivable efforts in development and production,” but added that: “The models of the current one-cylinder series (F-series) are not affected by these considerations.”

It is thought the deal is about opening new markets to BMW.

BMW’s bike division contributes just 2 per cent to the firm’s annual turnover. Its sales were down 0.7 per cent in 2004 – to just over 92,000 bikes.

Aprilia was taken over by Piaggio at the end of last year.

More on this story as it develops in forthcoming issues of MCN.

MCN Staff

By MCN Staff