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Toyota And BMW Team Up On Sports Car

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On: Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:58AM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota And BMW Team Up On Sports Car

The Bimota? The Toyimmer? We'd better start working on a name that flows as naturally as "Toyobaru," because Toyota and BMW have announced a partnership that includes co-development of a sports car. The new announcement is the latest expansion in an agreement that was first announced last year and includes development of battery technology.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda explains in a statement: "BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars. We respect each other. That is why we already can take the next step together. Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells … I believe BMW's strength is developing sports cars. I get so excited thinking about the cars that will result from this relationship."

Toyota and BMW had previously agreed to work on lithium-ion battery technology together. The latest memorandum of understanding includes four elements: joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle, collaboration on powertrain electrification, and joint research and development on lightweight technologies.

Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, comments: "Toyota and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of sustainable individual future mobility. Together we have a great opportunity to continue leading our industry through this transformation."

The part about a future sports vehicle sounds similar to the Subaru-Toyota relationship that culminated in the Subaru BR-Z/Toyota GT 86. Only this would be a Euro-nese pseudo-luxury sports car that Toyoda cites as "environment friendly." The possibilities certainly have our interest piqued.

In an address to BMW, Akio Toyoda alludes to the fact that BMW's experience in creating emotional vehicles will help in Toyota's effort to create cars that are emotionally appealing and fun to drive, saying: "As a driver, I directly help vehicle development at the Nürburgring. The Nürburgring is the toughest course there is. At the Nürburgring, the road tosses the car around. Curves seem to try to throw out the car and driver. Roads make cars. The Nürburgring has taught me so... But at the Nürburgring, there is always a car that passes me. It is a BMW. BMW is not only a premium brand. BMW knows how to make a car perform. It knows more than anyone else that roads make cars."


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