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by Jez Spinks

Toyota Australia says it will import models such as the Corolla and Camry featuring BMW diesel engines if they become available for the local market.

BMW and Toyota last week announced a new collaboration that would see the German car maker exchange its small-capacity diesel engines for access to the Japansese manufacturer’s hybrid knowledge.

The car makers will also work together on lithium-ion battery development.

Toyota Australia currently offers diesel engines only in its hardcore 4WDs, the Prado and LandCruiser, as well as its commercial vehicles such as the HiLux ute, but the company wants to extend compression-ignition drivetrains to its passenger cars and car-based SUVs.

Toyota will primarily use BMW’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesels to help boost sales in Europe where diesels account for more than half the market.

The company’s Australian subsidiary is also hoping the engines to be offered locally, where sales of diesel-powered vehicles continue to grow.

“If they were offered to Australia we would take [the diesel engines] for sure,” says Toyota Australia’s corporate manager of product planning, Greg Gardner.

“We are going to expand our range of diesels and SUVs over the next few years.

“[For Toyota] this is a short-term solution to solve a particular need. Of course European [diesels] tend to be manuals, where Australian buyers prefer automatics.

Gardner lists the Corolla small car and Camry medium car (pictured above in just-released new-generation form) as two obvious candidates for diesel power, while pointing out there’s a RAV4 diesel already available in Europe that would also appeal.

Specific details about the BMW engines haven’t been released, but CarAdvice understands the 1.6-litre turbo diesel is the 82kW/270Nm unit found in the Mini Cooper D as well as the new 1-Series and 3-Series.

This engine itself is a detuned version of BMW’s 2.0-litre turbo diesel that would be the second offering to Toyota.

  • 440 R/T Charger

    Camry owner wouldn’t mind to have a BMW engine under tyhe hood i think…haha

    • Tomas79

      I reckon a Prado with 3.0 BMW turbo diesel would be a brilliant combo.

      • me-all-day

        Best thing you’ve ever said Tomas!

    • Devil’s Advocate

      I didn’t know that Toyota made a Camry convertible. It wouldn’t be very comfortable with an engine sitting beside you in the cabin. At least you could lower the hood and let out some of the heat generated by the engine I guess… 😉

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  • Rick

    I’d consider a kluger with a diesel

  • Grant

    I hope they bring in manuals in 6 speed.

    • Rick

      That would be nice , I’d probably buy a kluger with a manual

  • AndyGF

    This is good news for both BMW and Toyota…

    Even though people like to stereotype (especially on CA) the german manufacturers into one snobbish elitist group, the drive behind their continuous innovation and massive technology pushes has very little to do with any competition from any foreign manufacturers (despite what the odd vexing advert may claim), they keep and eye on each other far more than anyone else… BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz are definitely not ‘friends’.

    BMW getting their engines into a mass market car is maybe not a bad thing for BMW, toyota gets VW/Audi beating engines which is great for them and their loyal customers, and BMW makes profit off a market segment they currently do not compete. Its not so good news for VW, but great for BMW, if a toyota even feels half as good to drive as a diesel BMW does, they will certainly give VW a run for its money.

    Win win situation… Especially for you and me, the customers, and im always for competition! Every modern technology we take for granted today was born out of voracious competition!

  • save it for the track

    Toyota will have to find a new customer to aim these diesel strollers and camry’s at. Given the price premium diesel commands over petrol, fleets may be reluctant to buy. Aside from that the Octagenarians that these vehicles are popular with, would do too many short trips and end up having issues, given that most modern diesels have to do a few trips of more than a few km’s on a regular basis for the particulate filters to get up to temperature.

    • Salt and Vinegar Chips

      Oh my God you are clueless about diesels..

      • Blue Soup

        Or you are!!!!!!! please explain to us all about DPF’s

  • Charger

    I wonder if Toyota will stop them all leaking so much oil!!

    • Salt and Vinegar Chips

      ..And so are you..

  • Tom R

    Considering how backwards Toyota keeps itself in order to perfectly cater for its target audience (by no means a negative, I applaud their simplicity), it seems very out of character for them to be taking on BMW drive-trains. Their reputation, probably reliability, performance, everything is totally opposite to what Toyota makes. Seems very strange to me?

    • F10

      Funny you say that, The Lexus IS350 with its sophisticated 3.5L engine is faster, quiter, smoother, much more refined and much more reliable then the buzzy overpriced tin can 335i with its 3.0L twin supercharged that achieves less power then the 3.5L 2GR-FSE

      • JAY

        At least get your facts straight, BMW’s 335i engine is a twin-scroll single turbo (previous gen was a twin turbo). Never a supercharger.

        Lexus is good, but they’re not going to hold a candle to what BMW offers sorry. Also, your IS350 may produce more power but it’s heavier and has less torque than the 335i. I’m fairly sure it’s also not as economical as the BMW

        • F10

          Yeah yeah, BMW and their turbo’s and what not..

          The IS350 has better power delivery then the 335i, as it is more responsive and agile and overall more powerful. Lets talk about handling, the IS350 has independent suspension system, double-wishbone front and rear multi-link setup. This setup is superior and provides better handling then BMW’s compromised front Struts setup which is found in everyday cars..

          You may claim torque figures, yes your BMW may have more torque at a certain RPM range (LOW), but the Lexus IS350 has good torque at that certain RPM (LOW) range as well. If you race the IS350 and 335i then the IS350 will win due to overall more powerful engine..

          Economy, BMW may have a slight, edge but that is because it has a considerably smaller engine and turbo.. And the Lexus consumes only 9.8L/100KM.. So it’s nothing really major to point out.

          And day to day driving, IS350 wins, as we all know that it is smoother, quieter, more comfortable and much more refined then the BMW 335i

          • Phil

            Yet read any review from anyone around the world and the 335i is not only rated as being a better handler, but the better car overall.

            Look up the “International engine of the year award” or “Wards best engines” and you’ll find that every year, BMW’s 3.0 6 takes out both awards year after year.

            335i uses 8.4-8.7L\100km which is actually more than the heavier 5 series with the same engine as the 3 series is awaiting efficient updates.
            That’s still a MAJOR drop down from the 9.8L\100km you say the Lexus uses.
            9.8L\100km is a appalling figure – its about the same as a heavier 400KW BMW M5 or E63! For another comparison, the Audi A6 3.0 is also heavier than the IS350 and has more power yet only uses 8.2L\100km.
            Not to mention the diesel options on those cars which Lexus cannot match.

          • IS200D Fan

            Not to poke fun, but a Falcon has a wishbone front and Multilink rear….

            I like the IS and the diesel model in the UK is a comfortable car to travel in, if only a left field option to the BMW / Audi norm,

            But in a Camry why not bring the Avensis and shift down a size, if large cars are dying in here?

            As for a Diesel Corolla, that’s a market where Toyota can’t compete and win so why do it.

          • F10

            **Lexus IS350 uses only 9.4L/100KM**

          • Phil

            Which is more than the 335i………..

            Figures for both cars using the ADR Government regulated cycle – which in case you didn’t know, means BOTH cars did the SAME test….no “honestly” involved.
            If you don’t want to believe the ADR testing, try the USA EPA cycle, Jap Cycle or EU cycle….you’ll find the BMW 335i is far more efficient then the IS350 on all those tests too.

          • F10


            Lexus IS350 employs the 60-degree V6 which for four consecutive years was listed in the world’s 10 best engines by the North American Ward’s Auto World. It’s high-tech with two petrol injection systems (including direct injection) and hypereutectic aluminium alloy pistons (these allow tighter skirt clearances than a conventional forged piston).

            The twin injection system is very clever – port injection used at low engine loads and direct injection used at high engine speeds.

            It’s also very potent and sweet-revving, with 306HP. Typically Lexus, the IS 350 delivers that performance in a silky-smooth and refined way.

            Drive is to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode.

            Combined cycle fuel consumption is 9.4l/100kms and the exhaust C02 emissions are rated at 223g/km.

            You can brag all you want about the fuel consumption but the Lexus figures are probably honest figures.. Whereas you’ll be hard pressed to achieve those figures on the BMW’s..

            And once again, BMW uses Turbo’s etc etc, which Lexus doesn’t use because they distort performance, refinement and overall responsiveness of a car..

            Diesel, well Lexus doesn’t try and the IS200d was a joke.. And luckily has been dis-continued..

            And to add to the handling, the Lexus IS350 has best wheel turning radius in its class..

            My original post stands clear..

          • Phil

            F10, now we know your providing us with blatant lies as well as misconcieved opinions.

            I checked the latest results from the “10 best engines from the North American Wards Auto World”.

            But which engine is at the top of the current top ten list?
            Why it’s the BMW 3.0 Turbo 6, followed by the Audi 3.0 Supercharged 6.
            Not only that, in the Ward’s write up, they mentioned that the BMW Turbo 6 has won the award 4 years running since it was released.

            Lexus fuel economy figues more “Honest”??????? Ummmmm, they are ADR figures where cars are given exactly the same test! There is no “honestly” involved, just hard facts.

          • svd

            I am very surprised at the fuel economy figure. Is this the advertised figure ie that found on the green guide? If so it is totally unrealistic. I doubt that it would be into single digit territory more likely 10L/100kms and higher. I had a 2005 Corolla auto and even it was very lucky to get below 10L/100kms.

          • F10

            **IS200D Fan**

            Yes the Ford Falcon may have double-wishbone front and rear multi-link.. But you cannot compare the two cars as the Lexus IS350 has a much more rigid body structure, lighter body, much more consistent and distributed weight, lower center of gravity etc etc

            After all the ‘IS’ stands for Intelligent Sports

          • mrxandthexfactor

            ^ Phil:
            “Yet read any review from anyone around the world and the 335i is not only rated as being a better handler, but the better car overall.”
            I don’t quite think that’s correct, nowadays, the IS350 is in fact a better car because it’s better value for money, got great engine, excellent build quality, unrivalled NVH and refinement and the drive dynamics and ride is pretty much on par with the 335i. People who overlook the IS350 and go for the BMW are those who only suck up to the badge.

          • F10


            Thank you! Finally someone who understands that the Lexus IS350 is truly first class in almost every aspect and trumps the competition despite being the oldest in its class!

          • AndyGF

            Thanks for a few laughs F10…

            Just something I want to query you on, considering you are such a lex’i buff;

            “The [lexus] twin injection system is very clever – port injection used at low engine loads and direct injection used at high engine speeds.” -Why would they use stratified fuel injection at high engine speeds, when its *real* advantage is a lean-burn at low engine speeds? Mmmmm?

            And ‘hypereutectic’ pistons on the lex’i, just another fancy way of saying CAST pistons just like you get on any other car…
            The N54 BMW engine has forged pistons made by Mahle! You know, they make pistons and engine components for a majority of DTM, F1, Le Mans, WRC teams just to name a few…

            I suspect like virtually everything you wrote; you dont really know what you are talking about, and you got your shiny lexus brochure all wrong while you were at it.

            ‘IS’ = Intelligent Sports? LOL!!

          • AndyGF

            Oh and Max.

            ‘Cheaper’ is never BETTER, cheaper is JUST cheaper.
            And if you cant afford the extra cash in getting a real car like the 335i, you shouldnt be buying either of them in the first place…

            The only ‘badge sucking’ going on when you buy a IS350 over a 335i is boring the hell out of the few friends you got left with sad stories of why your lex’i is better in every way.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean


            The real story, though, lies just above and below the intake runner. In the 2GR-FSE (Lexus IS350 engine) there are actually two injectors for each cylinder – the top one is a standard port fuel injector, while the bottom one injects fuel directly into the combustion chamber. The two injection systems are used together to optimize the fueling over the engine’s operational envelope.

            As described in the January 2006 issue of SAE Automotive Engineering International, the system primarily relies on the port injection system when low engine speeds are combined with high loadings. Under these conditions, a direct injection scheme cannot properly atomize the fuel, and so approximately 60% of the fuel is provided by the port injector. As engine speed increases, the direct injection system takes over more of the fueling responsibility, until eventually it provides 100% of the necessary go-juice. Obviously, there some complex calculations going on to determine the optimum fueling over the engine’s operating range, and that has led to over 300 patents being issued to Toyota concerning the design of this system.

            There’s a 7% increase in HP and 7.5% increase in torque from the system, some of which comes from the 11.8:1 compression ratio that’s enabled by the use of direct injection. Better yet, the benefits apply to the entire powerband, so this is a feature that will be useful to most any driver.

            The dual injection system also reduces cold-start emissions. The port injection system dumps a bit of fuel on the back of the closed intake valve; when that valve opens, the fuel is evenly distributed throughout the cylinder. As the piston approaches the top of its travel, the direct system injects a bit more fuel into the cavity on top of the piston. The total air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber is slightly lean, but the mixture is significantly richer in the area around the spark plug, making it easier to ignite in a cold engine. The result is quicker warm-up and smoother operation when cold.

            The engine produces 306 HP at 4800 RPM; a remarkable accomplishment for a 3.5L luxury-car V6. 

            You can laugh all you want, but the IS350 is better then any of the stupid German 3; And you know it

            The Audi is a marshmallow with its marshmallow like driving dynamics
            The BMW is nice, but just cannot match the IS350 for performance, refinement etc
            Mercedes is a joke with absolute compromise in everything

          • AndyGF

            “…the system primarily relies on the port injection system when low engine speeds are combined with high loadings.” -Only because their direct injectors are woefully inadequate, so they have to back it up with conventional port injection.

            “a direct injection scheme cannot properly atomize the fuel, and so approximately 60% of the fuel is provided by the port injector.” -Everyone else in the world gets it right with just direct injection, why have a high and low pressure fuel system when one is the future, and the other is not?

            “The port injection system dumps a bit of fuel on the back of the closed intake valve;” -WHAT? Cant they get their injector phasing right, its not rocket science after all?

            Sugarcoat it all you like, if their direct injection cannot volatilize the fuel properly at low-rpm and high loads and its normally aspirated, how could the system ever be used on a turbocharged motor? Which produces much larger loads at low RPM than any NA motor is capable? The answer is simple; lexus GDI is a hack/cheat, not only from a technical point of view, but also from a patenting one. Its neither the future (is turbocharged) nor the present because cars which make considerably more torque than it, still manage to surpass it in fuel efficiency.

          • Phil

            Been staying up late reading the Lexus Brochures F10?

            Lexus fuel economy figures “are probably more honest”???????……ummm they are ADR figures which mean every car does exactly the same test.
            They aren’t manufactuer claims.

            You claim this Lexus engine won “10 best engines by the North American Ward’s Auto World”?????

            I looked that up and for 2010 guess what is at the top of the list??
            “•3.0L N55 Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 335i)”
            followed by:
            “•3.0L TFSI Supercharged DOHC V-6 (Audi S4)”

            THE LEXUS WAS NOT LISTED in the top ten!

            Here’s a bit more about what F10s source had to say about the 335i:
            “BMW’s well-regarded 3.0L N54 twin-turbocharged inline-6 earned Ward’s 10 Best Engines honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009. For 2011, the N55 I-6 in the 335i replaces the two compressors with a single twin-scroll turbocharger that saves weight, improves throttle response, boosts fuel efficiency (15% over the N54) and reduces friction, while decimating the notion of turbo lag.
            Integrating the third-generation Valvetronic intake and Double-VANOS stepless variable valve timing, the 300-hp “Twin Power” N55 reaches its torque apex of 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) at a mere 1,200 rpm, propelling the 335i sedan with shocking ease. For drivability and smoothness, the N55 is unparalleled.”

            Maybe you should research you sources a bit better F10. The Lexus brochure is not a reliable source.

  • Westie

    Camry, the anti-BMW!

  • Alexander

    Toyota should mate a 1.6 diesel with a Hybrid Synergy Drive transmission, a EU6 particle filter and a Prius body, ASAP.

  • Dangel

    I doubt it, price will be premium , the tight wads that drive toyota’s wont put up with the higher cost .

  • sheila dikshit

    BMW only recently had a 4.0V8 190KW and 4.4V8 diesel with235KW 650NM and would do well in the toyota landcruiser

  • F10

    Why need new engines.. Toyota makes amazing engines, read about the Toyota 3.5 L 2GR-FSE

    • Hung Low

      Thanks to Yamaha!

      • Qrt

        306HP on the IS350 is very impressive for such a small and light car..

        • JAY

          It’s no lighter than other cars in the same category…

  • Pauly

    FJ Cruiser Diesel!!!!!! COMMON TOYOTA!!!!

  • Y

    I’d rather have a Toyota diesel. KW per litre is not everything.

  • F1MotoGP

    The new BMW 118d engine will be good in Corolla.
    105kw at 4000 and 320Nm from 1750! Combined fuel economy 4.5 liter. Top speed 212km/h and 0-100 in 8.9 sec.

    • kv

      Honestly, i don’t trust the ratings from BMW, Hyundai etc.. They seem to be way too optimistic with their fuel consumption claims..

      Comparing diesel engines to Petrol engines is like comparing oranges to apple..

      Diesel engines are just not as responsive and powerful as petrol engines..

      • F1MotoGP

        Diesel cars were the fastest at LeMans and beat the pwtrol in WTCC.

        For fuel economy all cars tested the same way. Just compare figures and maybe add 10-15%.

  • save it for the track

    No, but Nm per litre is far more relevant. With 2.0l and 2.2l offerings from VW, Mercedes, Bmw, etc. and the Koreans out powering, out torquing and out teching the 3.0l (126kW, 343Nm) diesel in the likes of Hilux, whilst using less fuel.

  • Vti07

    A cheap way of getting a BMW diesel.

  • Mr Gaspo

    I thought diesel was the way to go untill I discovered a thing called a DPF. Looks like owners of diesel cars need to give their cars a regular freeway run to clean the DPF. Worst still is the replacement cost of DPFs… Near $4k I’m told… A nasty surprise out of warranty. The Prius is starting to look good unless Toyota can deal with these issues.

    • Hung Low

      Yep modern diesels and repetitive stop start are a bad combo!
      The burn cycle of the DPF occurs more often
      Fuel economy goes out the window
      Oil dilation gets to ridiculous levels if the cycle never gets completed.
      Premature engine and turbo wear occurs from dilated oil (engine oil with bypassed diesel mixed in).

      • svd

        Diesel for after burning if necessary is injected near the end of the exhaust stroke – blown out through the exhaust valve/s. Not a problem for engine oil contamination – just another urban myth.

    • Alexander

      I had exactly the same thing. I drive in traffic, on short trips and in the city, i barely remember the last time i drove on a highway and for longer than 2 hours (excluding in a work car), hence why i didn’t buy a Fiesta Eco and got a Prius, which works better for what i need it for, especially considering the Fiesta doesnt have stop/start. The issue of the DPFs will only get worse with the DPFs needed for meet EU6 emissions.

      • Phil

        BMW has had diesel engines that meet EU6 standards for over 2 years now and there are no reports of problems with them.
        I expect that by now, their entire range of diesel engines is EU6 standard.

        • Alexander

          You’re confusing EU6 with EU5, their entire euro range is EU5, I think only their US market diesels are at near EU6 standards.

          • Phil


            You’re the one confused.
            -To start with, hardly any of their cars are avaliable with a Diesel in the USA Market and the engines they do have in the USA are the same specs the world over.
            -EU6 standard is the same standard not matter which country its in (levels of enforcement are a different matter).
            -Of course their entire Euro range is EU5 standard or they wouldnt be allowed to bloody sell them there!
            -Go do some research, they have EU6 compliant diesels already – the first one I believe was introduced in the F10 5 series as a 530D two years ago.

  • me-all-day

    For the first time there is now a possibility that I could one day buy a Camry. Provided they offer it with a manual transmission of course.

  • Y

    “Toyota Australia wants BMW diesel power for Corolla and Camry”.

    According to a Mr. Greg Gardner. An employee of Toyota’s overseas’ office. Everyone has an opinion.

  • Nobody

    Good venture..Please also borrow the transmission and not just diesel engines.

    I will be happy to buy Kluger with X5’s engine and transmission..perfect combination.

  • http://NSSAN James Cortez

    Any body comparing the 335 engine to the IS350 must be airhead. You CAN NOT compare turbo engine to normally aspirated, period. Especially when it comes to torque!. Otherwise F1 cars in the 80s would have allowed 3 liter turbo cars to compete with 3 liter NA cars.

    • Knite

      Yeah, that’s why the IS350 is quicker then the 335i, right?

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  • http://Caradvice Onepoppa

    What a lot of postings which are off the topic. The fact is that in Europe diesel engined cars are the majority of the market. It doesn’t matter why – that is the fact. This is why Lexus has never achieved the market impact in Europe that it has in the USA – it has too few diesels on offer – some but not many. But Toyota offers several diesels – Auris (what we know as Corolla), Avensis, RAV4 are all sold as diesels. So if they are going to take BMW diesels maybe they reckon they are better and cheaper than continuing with their own diesel engines and in future concentrating on petrol engines and hybrids which is what they sell in their other bulk markets – USA, Asia and Latin America.

  • Mr Gaspo

    Just checked what a Replacement DPF is worth…. Around $3k to $5k depending on the make and model. If you keep cars long term this is a possible cost of ownership issue that needs to be factored in when buying a modern diesel. For me the high up front cost and DPF related issues and costs take the gloss off buying a diesel… Not until DPF technology improves and costs come down.

  • PoisonEagle

    335d engined Aurion with 6speed manual and Japanese AWD drivetrain would be a classic gem.

  • MisterZed

    Why on earth would Toyota import a diesel Camry when they have the Camry hybrid?  It would complicate the range – imagine having a 2.4L, 3.5L V6, hybrid, and diesel all in the one car.  This is the most ridiculous nonsense I’ve heard in a long time.

  • Jono