FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Daimler (DAIGn.DE) is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish carmaker, Manager Magazin said, raising the possibility of increased cooperation between Mercedes-Benz and China’s Geely .
Daimler could buy “a couple of percent” in Volvo Cars, Manager Magazin said on Thursday, without citing sources.
Volvo declined to comment and a Daimler spokesman said: “This is pure speculation which we will not comment on.”
The chairman of Volvo owner Geely, Li Shufu, stealthily built a $9 billion (6.34 billion pounds) stake in Daimler by the end of February, seeking to forge an alliance with the German carmaker as a way to counter the threat from new competitors such as Tesla (TSLA.O), Google (GOOGL.O) and Uber.
Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche has welcomed the Geely chairman as a new shareholder and said any industrial alliance will depend on whether current China partner BAIC (1958.HK) agrees.
Reporting by Edward Taylor; Additional reporting by Johannes Hellstrom; Editing by David Goodman