BMW, Toyota agreed to develop a joint platform for sports cars

Article by Christian A., on January 9, 2014

According to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, it appears that the BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars. These words came from BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess, who told the German newspaper that: “We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is more important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands”.

Still, we expect them to feature radical designs, not like the Subaru BRZ or the Toyota GT86 and the Scion FR-S. For those who don’t know, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement in June 2012 in order to cooperate on various areas such as lithium-air batteries and lightweight technology.

Moreover, BMW and Toyota also study the potential for a joint platform for a mid-sized sports vehicle. Still, BMW’s development chief Herbert Diess declined to provide details on the models that would result from the cooperation. If we listen to the rumors, Toyota will build a new Supra from this partnership, while the new BMW sportscar remains a mistery.

In December 2011, BMW and Toyota inked an agreement to form a medium-to-long-term collaborative relationship to develop the next generation of environment-friendly vehicles and technologies. In addition, BMW and Toyota also signed a contract under which the German carmaker would be a supplier of highly efficient diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe.

In March 2012, BMW and Toyota followed up the December 2011 agreement by inking a binding agreement on collaborative research in the field of next generation of lithium ion battery cells. BMW and Toyota Motor Europe also entered into a contract in which the German company would supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe, starting in 2014.

Then in June 2012, BMW and Toyota expanded their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) targeted at long-term strategic collaboration in four fields. First, the carmakers would jointly develop a fuel cell system. The carmakers would also jointly develop a new architecture and components for a future sports vehicle. Third, BMW and Toyota would collaborate on powertrain electrification. Lastly, the companies would jointly research and develop lightweight technologies.

In January 2013, BMW and Toyota signed binding agreements for a long-term collaboration as outlined in the June 2012 Memorandum of Understanding. Moreover, the companies inked a binding agreement to start collaborative research on lithium-air batteries, a post-lithium-battery solution. This new binding agreement is effectively the second phase of collaborative research into next-generation lithium-ion battery cells as signed and commenced in March 2012.

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