Automakers are increasingly looking outside their company for platforms to increase scale and reduce development costs. Ford Motor, for example, will use Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric-only platform to develop its first Europe-focused battery-powered car, due in 2023.
The choice of partner and platform will be partly dictated by the designs being drawn up by JLR’s head of design, Gerry McGovern. “It has to respect the proportion of the designs,” Bollore said.
McGovern is being given a high level of freedom to decide what type of car the new models will be, and the new architecture will have to fit in