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BMW Group and Toyota Agree to Mid-to-long-term Research Collaboration in Environment-friendly Technologies

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 BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly technologies.


Under the MOU, the two companies agreed on a collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery technologies. Furthermore, they have agreed to identify and discuss other possible collaborative projects.


In addition, Toyota Motor Europe (TME), TMC’s European subsidiary, and BMW Group have entered into a contract under which BMW Group is to supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to TME starting in 2014. The engines will be installed in certain Toyota-produced vehicles planned for sale in the European market. Through this agreement, Toyota plans to expand its European lineup and sales of fuel-efficient, low CO2-emission diesel-powered vehicles.


Marking the announcement, Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said: “Toyota is the leading provider of environment-friendly series technology in the volume segment and the BMW Group is the most innovative and sustainable manufacturer of premium automobiles. We are now joining forces to further develop environment-friendly technologies and to expand our innovation leadership in each of our segments. Supplying Toyota with our fuel efficient and dynamic diesel engines represents another important step in the planned expansion of our sales activities for engines and powertrain systems.”


Representing TMC, President Akio Toyoda said: “It is a great joy and a thrill to enter into this mid-to-long-term collaborative relationship with BMW, a company with its own culture and history from its many years of car manufacturing in Europe, and a company that makes cars that are fun to drive. In the spirit of contributing to furthering the development of the auto industry and society, both companies will bring their wide-ranging knowledge - starting with that concerning environmental technologies - to the table and make ever-better cars.”


The press conference will be broadcast live on the internet and will continue to be available at:




The corresponding press release and speeches from Toyota are available at and


If you have any queries, please contact:


BMW Group Corporate Communications

Micaela Sandstede, Business  and Finance Communications

Telephone: + 49 89 382-61611, Fax: + 49 89 382-24418,


Mathias Schmidt, Business  and Finance Communications
Telephone: + 49 89 382-24118, Fax: + 49 89 382-24418,






BMW Group Japan

Kurosu, Miki, Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-6259-8020


Toyota Motor Europe

Etienne Plas

Telephone: +32 2 745 2022


Toyota Motor Corporation

Media from the Americas, Europe or Africa: +81-3-3817-9628/9161
Media from Asia, Oceania or the Middle East: +81-3-3817-9182/9174

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Fuel consumption figures based on the EU test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format specified. Further information on official fuel consumption figures, specific CO2 emission values and the electric power consumption of new passenger cars is included in the guideline “Guideline for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars", which can be obtained from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at

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