In December of 2011, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement to collaborate on lithium-ion battery development, and the deal included a provision where BMW would small-displacement diesel engines for Toyota products sold in Europe. It was brought up at the time that the partnership could expand further, and seven months later, it apparently has: Reuters reports the two companies "have now agreed several projects" in "other fields of cooperation."

The Reuters report, based on an article in Germany's Der Spiegel, said there were no more specifics but that the two company CEOS would make an announcement "in the near future." A story in Germany's Manager magazine went further, however, citing the same Der Spiegel piece and saying that BMW and Toyota would form an alliance around "joint projects in hybrid technology, fuel cells, vehicle electronics" and lightweight technology.

The announcement isn't surprising – BMW's move into the small, lightweight hybrid space with its forthcoming i sub-brand gives it all the reason to save R&D dollars by teaming up with the company considered the world's green auto leader, and the rumored expansion topics could help replace BMW's partnership with Peugeot, on the rocks ever since the French firm tied up with General Motors' Opel division. We'll know more when an official announcement is made.

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      Seems to be all about economies of scale. Both BMW and Toyota are noted manufacturers of carbon fiber, and they need volume to get the costs down for it's use in more mainstream vehicles than Lexus LFAs. BMW has plenty of diesel tech. Toyota has plenty of hybrid/hydrogen tech. Toyota needs to increase penetration in Europe BMW needs to get CAFE figured up. Makes sense all around...... BD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota certainly seems willing to do tie ups. They are currently working with Ford on hybrid systems for pick ups and RWD SUVs.
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      The number of tie-ups/partnerships in the auto industry over the last ~5 years is insane. There really are no more solo players. Forget 8 degrees of separation... every car maker is probably not more than 1 or 2 degrees away from any other car maker.
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      These two countries have a history of cooperation. The Axis, WWII. German companies seeded Japanese companies with technology
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      Porsche has partnered_up with all of them. Gleaning from someone superior to your capabilities, is old school. Not news, business as usual.... slow news day??? Yamaha-Ford GM -Toyota GM-Suzuki Distrust???? Divorce!
      • 2 Years Ago
      not surprised, Nissan and mercedes have started an alliance a couple years ago and are still in partnership
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they will offer BMW Diesels in Lexus cars.
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      Hooo Ha
      Gary and Cyndi
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      LOL Now lets put the blame of our economy on a car. If we are to do that I will pick Dodge trucks or Crappy Ooops I meant to say Chevy Malibu.
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, are they going to join forces and make an unreliable Toyota or a reliable BMW?
        Bruce Lee
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        Hopefully it'll be the best of both companies and not the worst of each. Cars from both with perfect dynamics and perfect reliability with ultimate fuel economy for both gasoline and diesel? Hmmm...
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      Buy American
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        Absolutey not. Every American made car I've had brand new broke down. I have a 98, 03 & 2010 Camry. They all still run great and have never been in the shop. Granted the 98 looks haggard but it still runs with no problems. The air is still cold and never been recharged. I live in Texas. Our summers are killer.
          • 2 Years Ago
          there all recalled junk!!
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