BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas. BMW has also announced the company will supply Toyota with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014. That doesn't mean we'll be seeing a clean-diesel Prius in the U.S. anytime soon, however. BMW stresses that the engines will be used exclusively in Toyota products destined for the European market.

What other sorts of tech could be spread between the two automakers? BMW may have an eye on gleaning some hybrid knowledge from the fiercely successful Prius program, and we wouldn't be surprised if BMW slipped its new partner a few hints on carbon-fiber construction, either. Either way, the partnership will likely save both automakers plenty of research and development dollars, helping to bring new tech to customers with a slimmer price tag than would otherwise be possible. Hit the jump for the press release.
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BMW Group and Toyota Agree to Mid-to-long-term Research Collaboration in Environment-friendly Technologies

BMW Group to Supply 1.6L and 2.0L BMW Fuel Efficient Diesel Engines to Toyota Motor

Tokio/München - December 1, 2011... BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies.

Under the MOU, the two companies agreed on a collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Furthermore, they have agreed to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.

In addition, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), TMC's European subsidiary, and BMW Group have entered into a contract under which BMW Group is to supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TME starting in 2014. The engines will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market. Through this agreement, Toyota plans to expand its European lineup and sales of fuel-efficient, low CO2-emission diesel-powered vehicles.

Marking the announcement, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: "Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems."

Representing TMC, President Akio Toyoda said: "It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge - starting with that concerning environmental technologies - to the table and make ever-better cars."


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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      This should be sweet. BMW green products always seem to suck.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sure BMW can learn from Toyota, but I think a large part of the Prius' success is the fact that it arrived first, looks distinctive, and cornered the "green reputation" rather than technological superiority over hybrid competitors...
        ToucanSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        I completely agree. It was the social proof and brand association of the celebrities during the whole global warming armageddon, Toyota put a Prius in every celebrities' garage, and consumers never even thought of the competing products.
        emperor koku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        Show me any other EPA-rated 50mpg cars.
      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah, the company that brought us the LFA needs help with carbon fiber.
      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow look at that, two companies making dull boring appliances for the poor and the rich.
        clquake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @over9000
        M cars are boring?
          over9000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @clquake
          everyone has a BMW these days
          Pdexter
          • 3 Years Ago
          @clquake
          These comments make no sense. "everyone has a BMW these days" if Everyone has BMW, what car doesn't everyone have? Lada? Should we buying cheap rare cars that nobody else buys, usually because they are crappy? Ford makes even more of appliances type of cars, should we stay from them?
      ToucanSam
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's with Toyota partnering with so many different auto companies? Toyota x Subaru = BRZ & FR-S (Boxer engine) Toyota x Ford = Hyrbid drive trains for trucks and SUVs Toyota x BMW = Green tech (probably to get access to BMW's ActiveHybrid tech) Toyota x Tesla = EV dev and component supplier I'm starting to think Toyota is losing confidence in developing anything themselves.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToucanSam
        BMW have used Toyota's 1.4 diesel in the Mini a number of years ago. But partnerships are hardly new; how about Ford and Fiat (gearboxes and platforms); GM Europe and Fiat (diesel engines and platforms); Renault and Fiat (MPVs and cars); GM Europe and Renault/Nissan(commercial vehicles), Ford and PSA (diesel engines), Toyota and PSA (A-segment car); and Mitsubishi & PSA (various cars and EV tech)? How do you answer those partnerships, eh?
        peakarach1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToucanSam
        lol! Boxer engine was fine tune by Toyota. lol! BMW activehyrbid's a piece of junk.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToucanSam
        Judging by what happened for the last ten years they tried developing on their own, maybe they learned their lesson? So long as they don't partner with Audi...har har.
      Huy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sure hope Fiat doesn't get in on this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Huy
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          Huy
          • 3 Years Ago
          I guess I should have typed: I sure hope the Italians don't form an Axis with the Germans and Japanese.
          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          Really? Both GM Europe and Ford of Europe have both benefitted from it.
          jvshenderson
          • 3 Years Ago
          I think I detect some sarcasm...
      Chase
      • 3 Years Ago
      Stupid they BMW & Nissan should of collaborated at least theyre both sport brands
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can not believe that both the Americans (Tesla) and the Germans (BMW) are so gullible as to be tricked into "collaborating" with these technology thieves...it's actually disgusting how stupid the western world has become.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        "it's actually disgusting how stupid the western world has become." As evidenced so well on these boards.
      Justin Robertson
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does the BMW exec have a hitler stache?
      rL-gT
      • 3 Years Ago
      que the 2012 destruction in 3....2....1..... BOOM
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      As bmw becomes more toyota-like in their designs and driving feel, it only makes sense that they would partner up with the king of drivable sewing machines to complete their own boring-ification.
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