Short of learning the fact that Toyota and BMW planned on developing a sports car together and the fact that BMW loves Toyota and vice-versa, we didn’t learn much from the press conference where the two automotive giants announced their joint venture. Fortunately, BMW recently held an interview with Automotive News and released a good bit of information to shine a little clarity on the deal.
The first thing cleared up is the fact that at least two sports cars will come from this joint venture – one for Bimmer and one for Toyota. Now, if you are starting to see similarities to the Toyota-Subaru deal that spawned three identical cars – the Subaru BRZ, Toyota GT 86, and Scion FR-S – that just wore different badges, you can scratch that nasty idea.
The BMW spokesperson made it very clear that any vehicles developed from this venture will each bear completely unique styling. That’s music to our ears, as even though we love the end result of the Subaru-Toyota deal, we really wish they would have given each model its own styling, so as to not water down the market.
In addition to the details revealed above, the BMW went on to let us know that Bimmer’s resulting sports car from this partnership will be a sustainable model – not needing gasoline – that will boast eco-friendly technology. This leads us to wonder if maybe Toyota might take part in the future development of the i8’s drivetrain, or will there be yet another i model that sits above or below the i8 that boasts Toyota technology.
Needless to say, we are pretty excited to see what in the world these two companies can come up with in the coming years. We’re not so much excited about the BMW end, as sports cars are nothing new to it, but the Toyota end is truly intriguing, as seeing Toyota take this sudden shift back toward sports cars is surprising. We have about had our fill of seeing nothing but Camrys, Corollas, and Priuses on Toyota lots, so it’s a refreshing change.