Earlier this year, BMW and Toyota confirmed a four-part joint venture mostly focusing on increasing improving vehicle efficiency using fuel cells, lightweight materials and better battery technology. Also tucked into the announcement was a "feasibility study" for a shared platform to underpin a future midsize "sports vehicle."

In terms of the latter, it seems that things have stepped up from the feasibility stage to the conceptual stage, as Motor Trend reports we could see a pair of new sports car concepts debut later this year in at the Tokyo Motor Show. There isn't much information about the new program, but the article suggests the sports cars could be all-wheel drive hybrids, with electric motors powering the front wheels and a gas engine powering the rear wheels. While a partnership between Toyota and BMW might not lend itself to a catchy portmanteau like "Toyobaru," here's hoping it will bear fruit that is as exciting as the ones produced by the Toyota/Subaru tie up.


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      PICKLEBOY
      • 1 Year Ago
      Man toyota just gets around with all these car makers lol. But in all seriousness if its a success like the Toyobaru then this would be pretty awesome. Essentially you can get technology from both companies and implement them into one vehicle... Provided we don't get the reliability of a BMW with this vehicle it should be good
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      stupid, stupid stupid BMW...toyota is taking advantage of the credulous Germans. BMW will hand over on a silver platter their technology for the japanese to steal it, just like they did/do everywhere, Japanese NEVER invented anything of any serious impact or consequence...they steal and then improve.and it worked for them for decades .The chinese use the same tactics.... They "joined" up with Tesla to steal their battery technology. with the french to steal their technology with subaru to steal their technology etc. etc. BIG MISTAKE from the part of the Germans, they will regret is awfully.
        jboogiezx6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        you just proved you are a complete idiot. congrats!
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        LOL. Since when did BMW become expert in fuel cells, lightweight materials and battery technology? The only thing BMW is expert in is marketing and hype. With this partnership, hopefully BMW will learn how to make good cars.
          tinted up
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Booooo to your reply and the OP
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          JonnyB
          • 1 Year Ago
          As much as I don\'t care for the OP\'s statement, ...a lot of those things in that Japanese Inventions list aren\'t originally invented by the Japanese. CD\'s for example, invented in the Netherlands. The whole video games catagory, not Sony, Nintendo, etc., ...it goes back from the first electronic game in 1947, about half a dozen non-Japanese video games invented up to after 1972 when Pong was published by Atari, sounds Japanesey but it\'s American. Martial Arts were copied from the Chinese, which of course even they weren\'t the originators. Calculators go back to the Abacus in 2000BC in Egypt, even so the first push button type device was in 1902 in America and the first handheld calculator was in 1948 in Austria. Robots go as far as 270BC in Greece to Da Vinci in 1495 before being a reality in Japan. Even so, the word Robot came from the Czech Republic. Need I go on?
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          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          JonnyB, Your argument is rather weak. While I agree that Japan may have not 'invented" a lot of things on the list, you are giving credit to some awfully misappropriated places. Da Vinci and robots? LMFAO. He CONCEIVED them, not invented them. He merely had drawings of them along with helicopters. He was nowhere close to inventing them or even discovering electricity. Not much different from saying Star Trek invented intergalactic flight or teleportation. It's merely a fantasy that was conceived, but nowhere close to being reality. On the other hand, Japan has the highest density of humans to robots on Earth. They already have them in use to help the handicap and elderly. They are at the forefront of R&D for robotics.
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        @mikoprivat
        You sound bitter.
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Well at least they "improved" something to be actually usable in the real world.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Here's Japan's contribution to the automotive world: Hybrids. They are the forefront nation in hybrid technology. Claiming the Germans invented it (cite please?) is futile. The Japanese mass produced it and made it reliable and affordable. The same reason why the Ford Model T is really the first car of any importance. Fuel Cells. The Japanese are at the forefront of this technology as well. Honda especially seem to be investing the most in this. Rotary engine. Yes, a German engineer named Wankel invented it. A small Japanese car company from Hiroshima, Japan called Mazda is the only car company still devoted to the engine design. While not currently in a production vehicle, you can expect to see a new generation rotary from Mazda in the near future. Value. The Japanese basically merged quality with affordability. It was mainly one or the other until the Japanese showed up to the auto market. Reliability is a also a Japanese forte. No one tops Japanese reliability, especially for the price. I find it sad that anything from Mercedes, BMW, or Audi is far less reliable than a Toyota Yaris. Kaizen. It's the Japanese business/manufacturing model that has been accredited to the successful manufacturing method which maintains high quality control even in mass production. This model has even been adopted and replicated recently by American companies in their shift to create high quality vehicles with greater reliability. So who's copying who again? Brand selection. The Japanese have the most independent brands of any nation. All American cars are either a Ford, GM, or Chrysler product. Tesla is an exception, but they are far too small to be considered a major company. The Germans have BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen. The Japanese have Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Mazda, Subaru, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi. While some are part owned by others, they are not completely incorporated as a brand within the company. The example is Subaru and Toyota. Subaru is part owned by Toyota, but is a company of Fuji Heavy Industries, a separate corporate entity. Composites. Japan is a major producer of carbon fiber. Did you know that the carbon fiber used in a Pagani Huayra is from Japan? The fibers are made in Japan, woven in Germany, coated in Italy, and then baked in house before they are put on the vehicle. There is no doubt major automotive nations have all had their contributions. It's easy to think of how Germans are very important. Diesel, Wankel, and the turbocharger are easy examples of German engineering relevance. They gave us the majority of automotive technologies. Americans are also at the forefront of automotive importance. It's not hard to come up with reasons why, the main one being the first mass produced automobile that regular folks could afford. Brits, Swedes, French, etc. all have their contributions. To single out the Japanese as "copiers" just shows an ignorance for their contributions and relevance. It's quite idiotic, actually.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota should hire BMW to make their mainstream Camrys and Corollas suck less.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FIDTRO
        And BMW should hire Toyota to help them figure out how to make their cars last more than 2 days after the warranty period ends.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          I don't agree with the statement, but I LOL'd nonetheless.
      Torcik
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ultimate Boring Driving Machine
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      whatever makes BMWs suck less is welcome.
        Noah
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Tell me how BMW sucks. Educate us.
      Jason Krumvieda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Check out the dude on the right with the Thor helmet on!
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        @Jason Krumvieda
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      Schadenfreude
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should call it the "Kamikaze SS", get it? Huh?? Errrr....
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Supra M-Sport turbo inline 4 with hybrid motor, sub 3000 lbs 300+hp and 30+mpg city. Let's go boys.
      Mr. Bader®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Appearently Toyota can't build anything sporty by themselves
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        I was thinking the other way around... BMW make bloats and uses software to make a 'M' car... might as well ask Toyota to help.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        That's comment is so incorrect that if u can say that you don't knoba got dam things about cars or even toyota
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the people who developed the LFA and M cars are coming together to make a sports car? Let me go get my popcorn this is gonna be good.....
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @miketim1
        And this comment was downvoted because...? I truly wish you people had to SAY something in order to cast a vote. Anyways, voted up and agreed! :) Oh yeah, and feel free to go ahead and downvote me too.
      SLR722GT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Practicality of a BMW with reliability of Toyota is an excellent combo for owning a perfect sports car.
        Bruce Lee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SLR722GT
        This is the first time I've ever heard someone describe a BMW as being practical in comparison to a Toyota.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to it Toyobimmer....
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