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Posted 02 December 2011 - 10:35 AM

[h=3]BMW to Provide Toyota with Diesel Engines, while Japanese Firm will give Bavarians Access to Hybrid Tech[/h]On Thursday, the two companies announced that they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning the mid-to-long development of environmental-friendly technologies.

As expected, the two companies will join forces in developing the next-generation of lithium-ion batteries. BMW has already tested a fleet of the electric Mini E, and features three hybrids in its range, the most recent of which, the ActiveHybrid 5, was unveiled yesterday at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. It is also readying the production versions of the i3 EV city car and the i8 hybrid sports car.

Nevertheless, Toyota’s much greater expertise on the matter will prove vital since it was the company that essentially kick-started the hybrid segment 14 years ago with the first-generation of the Prius. Diesels, however, are a very rare sight in its range, since they are not popular in Japan or North America. That’s where BMW’s diesel-know how comes in to play, since the Bavarian company will supply Toyota Motor Europe with 1.6- and 2.0-litre diesel engines from 2014.

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