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BMW’s CEO Seeks To Extend Alliance With Toyota Beyond 2025

BMW's alliance with Toyota has resulted in numerous developments in fuel cell tech, and of course, the BMW Z4 and Toyota GR Supra.

BMW’s alliance with Toyota began in 2011, which resulted in numerous technologies being developed by the two companies. However, it seems that the German luxury automaker is seeking to extend its partnership with Toyota well beyond 2025 according to Reuters.

“In the next decades, we would do well to strengthen bonds,” says BMW Group CEO Oliver Zipse during a Q&A session at the Automobilwoche Kongress.

BMW's alliance with Toyota

Since 2011, BMW’s alliance with Toyota has resulted in the two companies sharing their technologies with each other. In 2014, the Verso became the first Toyota to use a BMW-supplied diesel engine. The alliance also includes collaborated research in the development of lithium-ion batteries and most notably, the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology.

Earlier this year, BMW previewed their i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell powertrain–their most recent development yet. This hydrogen powertrain, which is co-developed with Toyota, is scheduled to enter production in 2022.

Perhaps the most notable collaboration between the two brands is the release of their two sportscars: the BMW Z4 and Toyota GR Supra. The GR Supra shares its underpinnings and powertrain with the Z4, while the tuning of the GR Supra’s driving dynamics was handled by Toyota Gazoo Racing. Both sports cars are produced in the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

Unfortunately, the future of the GR Supra and the Z4 is uncertain, because BMW is looking for ways to reduce costs by trimming down its lineup. In particular, the German luxury automaker said that it is seeking to reduce the number of coupes, convertibles, and roadsters. “Coupés, convertibles and roadsters, we will see what will be left,” Zipse said.

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