German reports suggest Toyota could build cars on 2018 Mercedes A- and B-class platforms
2 July 2009

Toyota has denied reports in the German media which said it was to build cars sharing the Mercedes A- and B-class platforms.

The report suggested Toyota was considering the move to better utilise the efficiency and capacity of its European plants in the long-term.

It suggested that Toyota would start using the platforms in 2018, when the follow-up models to the upcoming A- and B-class models were introduced.

See all the latest Toyota reviews, news and video

Mercedes and Toyota were also considering developing the new S-class and Lexus LS alongside one another to cut costs, according to the reports.

See all the latest Mercedes reviews, news and video

A Toyota spokesman in Japan denied the reports, and that they were without substance.

Daimler dismissed the news as “speculation”.

Mark Tisshaw

Twitter - follow

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    23 March 2018
    Fully-loaded, big-hitting diesel CLS shows the potential perils of ticking too many options boxes on your order form. A good car with a bad suspension combination.
  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?