By Kelsey Mays on June 29, 2012
BMW and Toyota could develop a sports car together, Automotive News reports. The automakers plan to develop fuel-cell, EV and weight-reduction technology, plus "joint development of architecture and components for a future sports vehicle," they said in a joint statement. Calling the collaboration a partnership between Toyota's strength in "environment-friendly hybrids and fuel cells" and BMW's traditional forte of "developing sports cars," Toyota President Akio Toyoda hailed the move, which deepens a collaboration deal on lithium-ion batteries and diesel engines announced last March. Toyota's Lexus division has a 552-horsepower V-10 LFA, while BMW has leased the all-electric Mini E and 1 Series-based ActiveE to select residents in California and the East Coast.
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