• Aug 31, 2009
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Aston Martin may not be the only premium European automaker interested in Toyota's innovative iQ microcar. According to Inside Line and Autocar in the U.K., BMW and Toyota are in talks to collaborate on future small cars based on the Mini and iQ platforms. BMW may possibly use the interior and diminutive platform from the Japanese automaker's next-gen iQ for its long-rumored Isetta revival, possibly with an electric powertrain.

In return, Toyota would gain access to the German automaker's Mini division – specifically the Coupe and Roadster that were recently shown in concept form ahead of their expected debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – though its not currently clear what Toyota would do with them. Neither company has confirmed these reports, so we're currently taking this rumor with an appropriately large grain of salt.



[Sources: Inside Line, Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      why not the NG yaris???
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's never good when the Japanese and Germans get together...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Like during World War 2?
        • 5 Years Ago
        BMW used a Toyota diesel in the first generation of the Mini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis, read a history book.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Is it better when the Germans and Americans? I think DaimlerChrysler did wonders
      • 5 Years Ago
      The interior of that thing is horrible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So not only will the iQ underpin an Aston Martin but a BMW as well? What is with this car and why are all the european luxury auto companies going crazy over it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        My questions exactly. And is it really such a perfect car that companies cannot better it with a product of their own?
      • 5 Years Ago
      From a comment standpoint, your spam is very impressive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "so we're currently taking this rumor with an appropriately large grain of salt."

      I think you should have changed that from large grain of salt to small grain of salt (since were talking small cars like the MINI, Isetta, and iQ) with a line through large like you regularly do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Toyota could badge the Mini coupe and roadster as Scions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MINI is too good for Scion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put a BMW motorcycle engine in it, slap a Roundel here and there, and you've got an Isetta for the times...

      Just remember that the current times are very different than the times that gave us the Isetta.

        • 5 Years Ago
        IQ is one the most cleverest designs ever. The design uses the best usage of space to implement all the safety factors. Aston was interested in it , n its about time other did too.

        http://www.indianautotalk.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because of the new CAFE standard in 2012, automakers are scrambling to boost their fleet average. This is one of the fixes unfortunately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Homely little bugger aint she?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oddly, and this is from a guy who's still waiting for a Toyota he wants:

        the iQ is pretty good looking for a tiny little car. Innovative, too, I hear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can you say, the return of the MR-Spyder?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Can you say, the return of the MR-Spyder?"

        No, the MR2 had an MR drivetrain layout. Midengined, Rear wheel drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @mike

        Maybe the next Scion?
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