Toyota teases sporty coupe developed with BMW


Toyota’s new sports car will be a BMW in all but name, media reports have suggested, with the six-cylinder engine, platform and technology all sourced from the German automaker. The biggest differentiation is expected to be in body style. BMW is an open-roof roadster, while the Toyota is a closed-roof coupe.

Toyota and BMW first announced a joint sports car in 2012 as part of a wider technology sharing agreement that included collaboration on fuel cell powertrains and lightweight technology.

The purpose of the joint project was to reduce development costs to compete in a niche sector that has seen sales sharply drop in recent years. “Post-2008, it just collapsed. I’m not so sure it will ever fully recover,” BMW’s outgoing head of sales, Ian Robertson, said in 2014.

Toyota will also show a new production car at the Geneva show. No details were given about the model.

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