Jump to content
Create New...
  • William Maley
    William Maley

    BMW & Toyota To Jointly Develop A Sports Car


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 29, 2012

    Today, BMW and Toyota unveiled more of their plans from their partnership announced last December. The plans include development of a hydrogen fuel-cell system, collaboration on electric powertrains, work on lightweight technologies, and development of a new sports car.

    "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," said Norbert Reithofer, BMW's Chairman of the Board.

    "Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells. On the other hand, I believe BMW's strength is in developing sports cars. I am excited to think of the cars that will result from this relationship," said Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota.

    This has people wondering what this partnership could bring. The obvious benefits include better range and faster charging times for EVs, lighter vehicles, and the possibility of more hydrogen vehicles.

    Also, the sports car announcement has a lot of people guessing. So far, we've heard everything from a resurrection of the Toyota Supra to a competitor to take on the Acura NSX.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation agree to further strengthen collaboration

    29.06.2012

    Companies sign MoU aimed at collaboration in four fields of technology

    Tokyo/Munich. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), met today with Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at BMW Group headquarters in Munich to announce the planned expansion of their existing cooperation initiated in December last year. The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at long-term strategic collaboration in four fields: 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.

    Also today, Norbert Reithofer and Akio Toyoda of TMC both signed a Joint Statement to reconfirm their companies' shared intention to strengthen the long-term, strategic collaboration between them.

    Reithofer said: "We aim to further strengthen our competitive position in sustainable future technologies. We signed an MoU to this effect today. 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."

    Toyoda added: "BMW and Toyota both want to make ever-better cars. We respect each other. And I think this is shown by our taking the next step only six months since the signing of our initial agreement. Toyota is strong in environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells. On the other hand, I believe BMW's strength is in developing sports cars. I am excited to think of the cars that will result from this relationship."

    In March 2012, the BMW Group and TMC signed a binding agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells. In addition, the BMW Group and Toyota Motor Europe entered into a contract under which the BMW Group will supply highly-efficient 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe, starting in 2014.

    Today's MoU represents the companies' agreement in December last year to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    Very cool, I see BMW benefiting from access to Toyota's hybrid technology and Toyota benefiting from access to real driving machines rather than their dull bland current cars.

    I would love to see a modern day Supra, I had forgotten all about it. Nissan lost me with their ugly current skyline. Not impressed at all compared to skyline of old years. R34 and R35 are freakin amazing.

    Toyota could benefit in building a car to compete. BMW could benefit by bringing a exciting to drive Hybrid.

    • Agree 1
    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    This is like some unholy alliance. This could either end up terrible, but sadly I fear it could work. Engine sharing for Mini and Toyota is a no brainer, especially for diesels, BMW with their turbo 4 or turbo six bolted to the Toyota hybrid drive could be interesting. Toyota has zero sports car ability right now, with some BMW knowledge and Toyota's deep pockets they could come up with something.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Z06-Europeans and Japanese working together is a good thing....

    In WWII, the Japanese learned rust proofing from their Italian allies, and they've used it on every car they've built since then...where is your beef?

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    On a more serious note, I am a current (sort of) BMW owner with the purchase of the MINI, and I was somewhat impressed with the FR-S that I reviewed.

    More Sports cars is a good thing, and I think the hybrid technology advantage for BMW might not be a minor thing.

    With dfelt on the ugly current skyline and would like to see another Supra..

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    This is like some unholy alliance. This could either end up terrible, but sadly I fear it could work. Engine sharing for Mini and Toyota is a no brainer, especially for diesels, BMW with their turbo 4 or turbo six bolted to the Toyota hybrid drive could be interesting. Toyota has zero sports car ability right now, with some BMW knowledge and Toyota's deep pockets they could come up with something.

    With the FR-S and BRZ, I would disagree with you on at least part of that.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    This is like some unholy alliance. This could either end up terrible, but sadly I fear it could work. Engine sharing for Mini and Toyota is a no brainer, especially for diesels, BMW with their turbo 4 or turbo six bolted to the Toyota hybrid drive could be interesting. Toyota has zero sports car ability right now, with some BMW knowledge and Toyota's deep pockets they could come up with something.

    With the FR-S and BRZ, I would disagree with you on at least part of that.

    Most of the actual engineering work like development of chassis, testing, tuning was done by Subaru.

    Toyota did most of the "design" work. I think the car is more a Subaru than a Toyota.

    Link to comment
    Share on other sites



    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Guest
    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.




  • Similar Content

  • Posts

    • @oldshurst442 Thank you for the kind words.  Is it okay if I laugh about part of the post?  I own being a real nerd when it comes to certain topics.  For one, I am fascinated by geography and always have been.   One life shaping event was moving back (and forth) to Europe 2 times with my parents before I was a teenager.  That involved crossing the Atlantic on the few ships that were still doing that voyage and even crossing America on Amtrak from the West Coast to the NYC suburbs, where we stayed with relatives for a few days before boarding for the sailing.  So, by the time you are 8 years old, and you can study maps, I was able to trace the ocean crossing - seeing the ports we stopped in as well as the Azores, which you sail through - as well as the train trip across the U.S.  Every place looked different.  So did the people.  But, mostly, the scale was staggering, when you compare it to going from L.A. to Las Vegas, or even N.Y. to Miami. My dad also contributed to this.  Before being allowed to come to the U.S., he moved to Australia, as did others from Mediterranean countries.  Australia was sort of open at the time and he got in.  He stayed 3 years.  He did not like it.  He also took the ship to and from Australia.  That trip is 3x as along as crossing the Atlantic.  You go through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, and then cross the Indian Ocean along South Asia and then down to Australia.  I heard about all this and saw photos from these journeys.  I'm glad he didn't like Australia!  I much preferred growing up in the U.S. Cars and planes were such an evolving "art form" when growing up.  Both had a lot of personality and kitsch that's lacking today.  Yes, there was less worry about the environment, sustainability, and global warming.  So, ignoring that, cars were going for new styling frontiers, crazier interiors, and bigger engines.  And I loved following all that, and even sketching it up at times.  The same was true for planes.  We lived about 6 miles from the international airport and I would ride my bike there, just to be at the airport and look at all the planes and even the different airport buildings.  The 747 kept getting updated and better.  The L.A. Times would always have big ads for the different airlines and their gimmicks, including a Hawaiian styled lounge in the coach section from the West Coast to Honolulu on certain Continental 747s!  How cool is that?  I would tear out some of these newspaper ads and keep them.  You were very likely to fly from L.A. and S.F. to N.Y. or Chicago on 747s.  In fact, it was fun to look at their schedules and find those odd trips where the transcontinental trip had another leg on it so, just maybe, you could fly on a jumbo jet somewhere close, like to San Francisco for 45 minutes.  But kids and teens couldn't take trips like that, unless you convinced your parents to go, too. The above is absolutely hilarious by today's standards but, when you're a kid, you took it for granted.  This is on a Continental 747 ... in "coach."  Today, losing this many coach seats to a "lounge" would never pencil and you'd be attracting the bar flies.  But, maybe that would be better than having people on planes being hostile to flight attendants and each other.  We didn't hear much about that when I was a kid. The above is American Airline's rendition of the 747 coach lounge.  This is nuts, including facing sideways and backwards.  That lady looks like Jill St. John. The above is upstairs in first class, again on a Continental 747 ... another kitsch laugh riot. "Those were the days" because I don't think that, despite so much progress, QOL is much better in the last decade or so. @Robert Hall also has interesting stories and I like hearing about the compare-contrast between living in the Desert Southwest and the Rocky Mountain states, especially since both have pipelines of people going to and from California.  And, along with many others, how people originally from the Eastern Time Zone headed the call to "go West" and what that was like.   Stories about immigration and transplantation fascinate me.  I'm all ears for those.
    • I would agree. While the truck is built in the U.S. and many parts are supplied by U.S. companies, the profits return to Japan to a Japanese corporation. I find this a contradiction that I am seeing allot this fall which I think is due to it being a mid-presidential term election year. I wonder how people can be on this Beat the American Drum kick and yet their own buying habits contradict their statements. On the October spotting, there must be a local old car get together somewhere around here locally on Sunday as I just ran an Errand to Home Depot and on the way home, half a dozen old autos were following each other up highway 99 here.
    • The Tacoma is built in San Antonio but still a whole lot of contradiction there lol.
    • Saw two things this morning while running errands. First was a very old Chevrolet Suburban from the 1950's era in the process of being restored. It was on a trailer being towed someplace while I was driving on I5. Second thing was a Toyota Tacoma that had an interesting bumper sticker.  Pro-America Buy America Anti-Trump So not a political statement or discussion I want to start, but I am interested in what others think is meant by the Pro-America/Buy America part of this.  IMHO I find this a contradiction that they are driving a Toyota with that part of the bumper sticker. Thoughts?
  • Social Stream

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. martha3065
      martha3065
      (44 years old)
    2. mjd1001
      mjd1001
      (50 years old)
  • Who's Online (See full list)

    • There are no registered users currently online
×
×
  • Create New...

Write what you are looking for and press enter or click the search icon to begin your search