苹果接触迈凯伦洽谈收购事宜

时间:2016-09-27 10:43:05  / 编辑:Abby
   Apple has approached McLaren Technology Group,the British supercar engineer and Formula One teamowner, about a potential acquisition, in the clearest sign yet that the iPhone maker is seekingto transform the automotive industry.

  苹果(Apple)已接洽英国超级跑车工程企业、一级方程式(Formula One)车队东家迈凯伦技术集团(McLarenTechnology Group),商谈潜在收购事宜,这是迄今表明这家iPhone制造商正寻求改变汽车业的最明确迹象。

  The California technology group, which has been working on a self-driving electric vehicle formore than two years, was considering a full takeover of McLaren or a strategic investment,according to three people briefed on the negotiations who said talks started several monthsago.

  听取了情况介绍的三名人士称,谈判是在几个月之前开始的。苹果致力于开发一款自动驾驶电动汽车已有两年多,这家加州科技集团考虑全面收购迈凯伦,或对其进行战略投资。

  A tie-up with McLaren, whose expertise ranges from automotive engineering and on-boardcomputer systems to novel chassis materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium, could pushforward Apple’s secretive automotive project.

  迈凯伦的技术专长包括汽车工程、车载计算机系统以及新颖底盘材料(如碳素纤维和铝合金)。与迈凯伦结盟可能有助于推进苹果神秘的汽车项目。

  Apple and McLaren declined to comment.

  苹果和迈凯伦均拒绝置评。

  The lossmaking automotive group was likely to be valued at between £1bn and £1.5bn, thepeople said, adding that it was not clear a deal would be done.

  上述人士称,亏损的迈凯伦有望达到10亿至15亿英镑的估值;他们补充称,尚不清楚能否达成交易。

  That would make it Apple’s biggest acquisition since the $3bn purchase of Beats Electronics,the audio group founded by Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine, in 2014.

  若成功,那将是苹果自2014年以30亿美元收购Beats Electronics以来最大收购;Beats是由Dr Dre和吉米•约维内(Jimmy Iovine)创立的音响集团。

  Earlier this year, Apple invested $1bn in Didi Chuxing, the Chinese ride-hailing company.

  今年早些时候,苹果向中国网约车企业滴滴出行(Didi Chuxing)投资10亿美元。

  That deal was Apple’s largest equity investment to date, as chief executive Tim Cook graduallybreaks with the Silicon Valley company’s aversion to large deals.

  那笔交易是苹果迄今作出的最大股权投资。首席执行官蒂姆•库克(Tim Cook)正逐渐告别这家硅谷公司不愿做大笔投资交易的传统。

  McLaren produces luxury sports cars that can cost as much as $1m apiece and owns anadvanced technologies group as well as the eponymous Formula One racing team.

  迈凯伦生产售价高达100万美元的豪华跑车,并拥有一家先进技术集团以及同名的F1车队。

  The owners of McLaren Technology control 80 per cent of McLaren Automotive.

  迈凯伦技术的东家控制着迈凯伦汽车(McLaren Automotive) 80%股份。

  It produced 1,654 vehicles last year, generating revenues of £450m, and has pledged to invest£1bn in the next six years on research and development.

  去年该公司的产量达到1654辆,营收为4.50亿英镑,公司承诺未来6年向研发投入10亿英镑。

  McLaren Technology reported revenues of £265m and pre-tax losses of £22.6m in 2014, itslast published accounts.

  根据迈凯伦技术已公布的最新财报,其2014年营收为2.65亿英镑,税前亏损2260万英镑。

  It is owned by Ron Dennis, its chairman, Mansour Ojjeh, and Mumtalakat, Bahrain’s sovereignwealth fund.

  公司所有者为董事长罗恩•丹尼斯(Ron Dennis)、曼苏尔•欧耶(Mansour Ojjeh)以及巴林主权财富基金Mumtalakat。

  Apple’s interest in the Woking-based company centres on its technology, engineering prowessand patent portfolio, according to people briefed on the talks.

  据前述知情人士介绍,苹果对这家总部位于英国萨里郡沃金(Woking)的公司的兴趣集中于后者的技术、工程实力和专利组合。

  However, those people cautioned that it was unclear if a deal would go ahead following a recentshift in Apple’s car strategy.

  但这些人士告诫称,在苹果最近改变汽车战略后,不清楚会否达成交易。

  Since 2014, Apple has built up a team of hundreds of engineers and designers to work on theelectric car venture, including recruits from companies such as Tesla and Mercedes-Benz.

  自2014年以来,苹果将数百名工程师和设计师投入电动汽车项目,这支团队包括从特斯拉(Tesla)和梅赛德斯-奔驰(Mercedes-Benz)挖来的人才。

  Its original team leader, Steve Zadesky, left earlier this year, and Apple veteran Bob Mansfieldtook over the project.

  最初的团队领导者史蒂夫•扎德斯基(Steve Zadesky)今年早些时候离职,由苹果老将鲍勃•曼斯菲尔德(BobMansfield)接手该项目。

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