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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, Sixt chief executive Erich Sixt, whose company owns part of DriveNow, hinted on Thursday.

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Asked whether Sixt was involved in merger talks with Daimler and BMW, he said: “At the last press conference I made clear that we are not involved. Today I can only say no comment. This is of course a different statement from the last one. Why things are dragging on is not down to us.”

Daimler and BMW have discussed pooling their car-sharing businesses in an effort to steal the march on other potential rivals such as Uber [UBER.UL].

In May, Sixt had said it was not involved in any merger talks.

Reporting by Edward Taylor; Editing by Maria Sheahan