US reports claim a swap deal between the two firms is in discussion

Toyota is in talks with BMW about using the Mini Coupe and Roadster platform to future model variants, according to reports from the US.

Although neither company has confirmed the reports, it is claimed that BMW would get use of the next-generation iQ, specifically its interior and platform, in return for Toyota using the Mini platform.

The iQ platform could also be used to underpin a production version of BMW’s micro electric car, rumoured to be called the Isetta.

The concept version of the Mini Coupe was shown off last week and it and its sister Roadster will be on show at the Frankfurt motor show next month. Both models are expected to make production in two to three years time, although BMW has yet to give the green light.

Aston Martin has already arranged a similar deal with Toyota to use the iQ as the basis for its Cygnet micro car.

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31 August 2009

A couple of weeks ago it was PSA who were going to tie up with BMW to share the next mini platform, now its Toyota. However i dont really see what is in it for Toyota. Surely they are big enough to develope their own platforms, and as for letting BMW have the IQ platform, it all appears very one sided to me. The IQ platform is new, and quite special, so i cant see Toyota being too keen to share it. And would BMW want it widely known that they were effectively selling a rebodied Toyota?

31 August 2009

Can't imagine that will go down too well with Aston.

From Toyota's point of view the more of that platform they produce, the better the economies of scale and the lower the price the IQ could be sold at. That said, I would have thought there would be enough internal customers to make it cheaper anyway (Lexus, Subaru etc etc etc) if they wanted to do that.

The bigger question is, are BMW looking at making a "Proper" Mini; a car that has a small foot print and excellent interior space?



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31 August 2009

Not a bad word about the Mini,but surely Toyota has all the small fwd plattforms they need? Well,as always with these thing three words apply: Grain Of Salt.

2 September 2009

Thought BMW signed a deal a few months ago with Fiat to build the new car in Poland on a New shorter platform baised in the 500s ?.Well thats what all the papers said including Autocar on this very forum.

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