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BMW and Toyota have revealed more details of the partnership that will see the two global automotive giants collaborate on a pair of new sports cars and technology for a range of next-generation hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

Having signed a memorandum of understanding in July, BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) have now signed binding agreements aimed at a long-term collaboration between the two companies.

The first task for the Euro-Japanese partnership is the development of a feasibility study defining a joint platform concept for a mid-size sports car, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of this year.

Toyota’s version will sit above the 86 coupe in its line-up, potentially resurrecting the Supra badge, although there is less clarity about the positioning of BMW’s version. The companies have revealed little about the sports cars other than that they will “combine each other’s technology at a high level to maximise customer satisfaction”.

BMW and Toyota’s efforts on hydrogen technology will extend to the development and construction of a fuel cell stack and system, as well as a hydrogen tank, electric motor and battery, with the duo targeting completion by 2020.

The partnership will also focus on the development of lightweight components such as reinforced composites for use in vehicles bodies, as well as a research program into the development of lithium-air batteries, which will have energy density greatly exceeding that of current lithium-ion batteries.

BMW Group chairman Norbert Reithofer described the collaboration as an “important building block in keeping both companies on a successful course in the future”.

“TMC and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of future sustainable mobility,” Reithofer said.

“In light of the technological changes ahead, the entire automotive industry faces tremendous challenges, which we also regard as an opportunity.”

TMC president Akio Toyoda said the two companies were committed to working hard together to produce even better cars in the future.

“It is just over a year since we signed our collaborative MoU, and with each day as our relationship strengthens, we feel acutely that we are making steadfast progress,” Toyoda said.

“Now, we are entering the phase that promises the fruit.”

  • Roadtard

    ToyBeemer has to have a straight six.  The love child of the 2JZ and S54 would be some donk.

    • F1orce

      That would be good

    • Poison_Eagle

       Yes pllleeease can it have this! Naturally aspirated with the D4S system, or optional twin turbo.No hybrid crap plz.. Looks wise it will be hard to top the last Supra, that is a gorgeous car that doesn’t age IMHO. Only when lurid bodykits are applied.

  • Asdfgh

    Despite what the fanbois think, Toyota know much more about the handling theories and handling physics than BMW. An example is 86 vs the RWD BMW 1. Also Toyota’s are much more reliable to boot. The reason why many of the other Toyota’s don’t have stiff springs, thick anti-roll bars, huge alloy wheels with mm thick rubber and aggressive shocks is that the people that purchase those cars don’t corner at 100mph every day. BMW cars are way too bumpy when they are used as cars.

    • Exar Kun

      86 vs 1 series?  One is a purpose built sports car and the other a family hatch.  BMW hobbled themselves severely by going with run flat tyres.  Look back at the E39/E46 generation and they were miles ahead of Toyota in ride/handling compromise.

      The other thing the Germans do is build cars for their own roads which are awesome.

    • Guest12

      If they know so much more then why don’t they build the cars to prove it?
      EVERY BMW handles exceptionally well…Toyota has about ONE.
      So you think you’ve actually got a point or are you just trolling?

      • F1orce

        A Camry needs to be soft, smooth and comfortable..

        I don’t see why you have a hard time understanding that..

        Besides 99.9% of the time one needs a comfortable car that isolates you from the road imperfections.

        Like mentioned above its not everyday one is taking corners at 100mph

  • Jcpennyi

    does Toyota own Bmw?

    • Troy

      No, BMW own themselves they are independent.

  • Zaccy16

    mazda have been working on hydrogen power for a coupe for years with their hydrogen rx8

    • Simon

      But Mazda burn the hydrogen. It’s not a fuel cell vehicle!

    • $29896495

      this tie up is interesting, Ford, Daimler and Nissana have partnered as well. 

    • jr

      BMW & Toyota both have fuel cell vehicles .

  • m1n1s1n

    There is something strangely familiar with those 2 flags on the table together :)

    • $29896495

      That other guy must be back from Brazil.

    • Kaas

      Could be giving USA and its allies bad memories :)

      At least Japan and Germany’s know how on war artillery/engineering translated well in something more constructive :)

      Not saying US didn’t make an impact to automotive industry because they definitely did with Ford and the 80s GM. But Germany and Japan post war developed philosophies in engineering that gave them big arms against the might of Ford/GM onslaught.

  • KaleSplit

    Boyota! I will watch this space.

  • Blair Waldorf

    Im so keen to see the what comes of this BMYota, they’d be crazy not to use the Supra name…

    on the other hand, I do find it odd that Toyota wont be selling their version under the lexus name, lexus is crying out for a sports car other than the LFA

    • Kaas

      It’ll be Supra from what I’ve been hearing…
      And I too heard about the 86 back in 2007 before it was announced… Gotta love having mates at automotive industry in Japan 😉

      Just murmurs from to rumours to full pledge production versions.. It’s almost as if they leak it out, get enthusiasts to hear it, get excited, hype is born, then turns to huge excitement for both fans and the OEMs.

      Supra for Toyota or maybe some name that links it to the new tech.

      BMW M2 coupe!!!

  • Al Tungupon

    BMW M division badly needs a halo car. They’re just letting the likes of SLS and R8 go at it by themselves. There’s no doubt they can make something better than those two. They can surely build a 911, so it’s only a matter of when. Toyota is also on board so they can make the car as reliable as the Porsche.

  • Will

    Toyota 86 with the 328 turbo four that would be interesting…