The first BMW diesel engine will most likely equip the next-generation Toyota Auris in 2014, Autocar reveals.
The magazine quotes insiders which say the collaboration between BMW and Toyota will debut with the Auris, which will receive a BMW diesel engine. In exchange for giving Toyota its diesel engines, BMW will get access to Toyota’s EV battery technology. However, BMW won’t allow Toyota to use its diesels on Lexus models, which compete directly with its cars. On the other hand, Toyota won’t give BMW access to its hybrid technology.
The diesel engine will make the Auris more appealing to European customers, which prefer VW’s Golf and Ford’s Focus in the highly competitive compact segment. In addition to the BMW engine, the Auris will also have revised styling and improved driving dynamics as stated in the Global Vision 2020 plan announced by Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda earlier this year.
Under the same plan, Toyota Motor Europe will have more control over the development of the Yaris, Auris and Avensis ranges that the company makes in Europe. The revised Avensis is the first model to be influenced by the reorganisation and also the first to use a new design language.