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      05-24-2017, 08:57 AM   #41
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Originally Posted by GrussGott View Post
Maybe, but "competitor" is only one of many product management factors, and I really hope BMW isn't leading from behind.
BMW still leads in lightweight chassis design. They (along with Cadillac) have also kept the manual transmission alive in this class.

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For example, BMW has DCTs, AMG never has yet AMG sales have grown and BMW isn't pressured to follow suit (until now?)
Until now indeed. The goal to drive down costs will almost surely claim the DCT after the end of the current generation. It doesn't have to be a bad thing either - the most cost effective solution that gets the job done is the right choice. There was a time when a DCT had the clear performance advantage with shift times that yielded measurably faster acceleration (and other driving experience advantages) when compared to a planetary box, but it is no longer the case.

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So their customers are similar, but they're not the same, and follow-the-other guy isn't always the right choice. Maybe with a big decision like drive systems, I dunno.
The C class (including the AMG) comes later than the 3 Series (including the M). If the business case is there and BMW has taken the lead to package protect the G20-based M3/M4 for AWD without instigation, then Mercedes will simply follow in turn with the W206. It's highly unlikely that it will come as a same-generation differentiator for BMW.