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BigDRick323 11-30-2011 08:31 AM

Diesel Married to Hybrid, BMW and Toyota Join Forces!
The Detroit News

Toyota Motor Corp. and Germany's BMW plan to cooperate on clean-
engine technologies, according to Japanese newspaper reports.

Toyota would obtain diesel engines from BMW, while providing BMW
with hybrid technologies in an exchange that would capitalize on the
companies' respective technological strengths.

Such a deal also would help Toyota reduce the substantial impact of
unfavorable exchange rates on its earnings.

The companies declined to comment.

Financial analysts said the cooperation between the two carmakers
made sense.

"We see this as positive for Toyota in that it could lower costs by
boosting production of hybrid systems, enhance research and
development efficiency ... and boost European sales by expanding
Toyota's diesel-engine lineup," said Kohei Takahashi, Tokyo-based
analyst at J.P. Morgan.

SWAG: A Prius-worthy small BMW diesel?

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