Toyota and BMW have reportedly begun discussions on swapping their signature green technologies. The Japanese automaker would open up its hybrid tech to BMW, while the Germans would provide diesel engines for Toyotas. This is a little different than the recent memorandum of understanding signed between Ford and Toyota, since that partnership – if it comes to fruition – would see both companies jointly developing a hybrid system for trucks.

The BMW and Toyota talks are about swapping tech to save money on "core technologies." BMW's gain would be in the U.S., where hybrids are still much more in vogue than in Europe, while Toyota's interest is in shoring up its diesel position in Europe, where hybrids aren't yet the thing and the company posted a loss through the first half of the year. For instance, of the eight family cars that Toyota sells in the UK, only three can be had with a diesel.

Only talks have begun, so there's no official deal in place while Toyota works to see if BMW diesels will fit in its cars. One also has to wonder how managers at Lexus would feel about seeing their hybrid tech behind a roundel badge.



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      adam1keith1980
      • 3 Years Ago
      A BMW with Toyota reliability? That has been my dream since my last BMW almost 10 years ago.
        M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        Im with you on that one!
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
        wrxfrk16
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Ugh, actually Ford is one of the leading manufacturers in Europe, GM in many parts of Asia. So really, domestics bowing to foreign makers isn't all that odd. And they pay roughly half because the UAW has the American companies by the scrotum so hard they're paying double what they should. You certainly deserve a solid day's pay for a solid day's work, but artificial inflation is what got our country in this spot to begin with, it ain't gonna get us out.
      ThePikeman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think one of the main reasons for the cooperation are patents regarding hybrid technology. Maybe BMW fears that it might violate some of Toyotas patents. BMW and German manufacturers as a whole did miss hybrid technology a bit. Toyota on the other hand has problems to build a good diesel engine.
      rL-gT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Omg.. A COOL Automaker collaborating with a Boring Automaker... SAY IT AINT SO! In before the normal Toyota Haters wake up.
        • 3 Years Ago
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      adika3z
      • 3 Years Ago
      why toyota did too much RECALLs problems
      dodie1990
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not everyone wants a mini-Euro car. These will be pushed down our throats by the anti-car gov't. My 1995 Buick LeSabre gets 30 mpg highway about 20 in town. It is big enough for four adults but could take six if you insisted. Why i should spend 40,000.00 for a mini car to get a few mpg. is crazy. I will never live long enough to save 20,000 worht of gasoline. And the 3.8 motor in the LeSabre is very durable and simple to fix, The new minicars with their mini engines are complex and when the do fail the repairs are very costly.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      A hydraulic diesel truck would be cool too...
      Siugt8
      • 3 Years Ago
      This should be quite interesting considering they are both leading companies in their fields for Green tech. Toyota has: BMW has: Subaru MINI Daihatsu Both have working relations with PSA (Peugeot Citroen) with the Aygo & MINI being co developed with them. Add to that Lotus which Toyota has always had good relations with and now Ford cooperating to co develop Hybrid tech with Toyota. BMW recently bought stock in SGL Carbon to develop carbon, Toyota has its own Carbon weaving machine in house! VW & Audi should be very very worried.
      Ayberk Yılmaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "For instance, of the eight family cars that Toyota sells in the UK, only three can be had with a diesel." Actually all of the family cars that Toyota sells in the UK except Aygo and Prius can be had with a diesel. Autoblog should be more careful about their articles.
      Jackal
      • 3 Years Ago
      this is about fuel efficiency and cost savings, since when did this ever have to do with them making a car together. Its just business meaning both companies could careless about what fanboys think. Toyota target market is moms,grandmas and family man reliability, cheap, fuel efficient not flashy. You can't hate on toyota just because their cars are not built for you kids!!. They still sell more and make more than bmw in the USA. As for Bmw their cars are a blast to drive, great handling and power still ubiquitous, (every other camry is a bmw 3 in NYC). Their not as fuel efficient as toyotas, their overpriced because of branding, not as reliable, and maintenance costs a lot. Bmws target market is for the better off or wealthy person who would like to lease and show off and have fun driving. Two completely different markets. All these automakers are shaking hands underneath the table no point in swearing allegance.
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