Talks are ongoing between Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW AG for a partnership in environmental vehicles, according to a report from business daily Nikkei. The proposed deal states that BMW will offer diesel engines, most probably 2-liter versions for midsize cars, for Toyota's passenger vehicles available in Europe, where sales decreased by 9% last year.
The financial paper said that it has yet to decide when the project will start and what its scale would be. Nikkei said that this is the second time that Toyota will tie up with a foreign automaker giant.
Last August, Toyota and Ford Motor Co. entered a deal to jointly develop hybrid trucks and SUVs. Nikkei also said that Toyota seeks to enhance the marketability of its diesel vehicles by obtaining engines from BMW as the strong yen harms the hybrids’ price competitiveness.
With this deal, Toyota will be able to decrease its development expenses by having domestic and Polish factories build diesel engines for a smaller number of models.
The daily said that if requested, Toyota is expected to share its technologies for hybrid systems. Meanwhile, BMW could extend its range of green vehicles, having inked an agreement last year with France's PSA Peugeot Citroen Group for the joint development of hybrid systems for subcompacts. The Nikkei said that the rising demand for green vehicles together with the increasing crude oil prices have compelled major automakers to join forces to reduce costs so that they could slash vehicle prices.
The new 2010 Toyota Auris will build on the core values of its predecessors when it is offered for sale in Europe starting early spring. When the Toyota Auris was first introduced in Europe in 2007, it quickly became known for its comfort, spaciousness, reliability and practicality. Meanwhile, the 2010 version of the Auris has been improved in terms of style and interior quality.
Moreover, it offers more refined driving experience and a wide array of clean engine technologies. All of these attributes should make the revised Auris more appealing to more customers. Powertrain options include three petrol and three diesel engines as enhanced – in terms of performance and efficiency -- by Toyota Optimal Drive. A full hybrid drive -- Hybrid Synergy Drive -- is also available with the Toyota Auris HSD.
When the Toyota Optimal Drive was applied to the Toyota Auris in 2009, it managed to lower the range’s carbon dioxide emission levels to beat the best in the segment. Even before the Hybrid Synergy Drive was introduced to the Auris model range, its average carbon dioxide emission level was 142 g/km in 2009, an improvement from 152 g/km in 2007.
Meanwhile, the UK-built Toyota Auris HSD full hybrid – designed just for European customers – marks the first step in deploying Hybrid Synergy Drive technology across Toyota’s range in Europe by the early 2020s. In addition, the Toyota Auris HSD aims to change customers’ perception of full hybrid technology.