BMW could partner with Toyota for Isetta

BMW could partner with Toyota for Isetta

Toyota iQ fq

An interesting rumour has recently popped up that BMW is considering a partnership with Toyota for a small city-car platform possibly to take on the Isetta badge.

The idea of a Toyota iQ underpinning BMW’s upcoming Isetta city-car seems almost as foreign as the idea of a Mini Coupe-platformed Toyota – but those are both rumoured to be in the works.

Neither BMW nor Toyota have confirmed the reports at this stage. As far fetched as the cooperation sounds some of the deal does make sense with both companies needing to increase their small-car presence, and both relying heavily on the North American market for their sales volumes.

If the BMW-Toyota deal does come to life, it is expected to result in products around 2012 or 2013. With the new Mini Coupe and Roadster potentially headed for production in 2011 if they receive a warm welcome at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

This isn’t the first time a luxury carmaker has tapped the iQ for its small-car duties, however. Aston Martin is already at work building its own version of the iQ, called the Cygnet in an attempt to lower it’s average emissions.

Toyota iQ fq

An interesting rumour has recently popped up that BMW is considering a partnership with Toyota for a small city-car platform possibly to take on the Isetta badge.

The idea of a Toyota iQ underpinning BMW’s upcoming Isetta city-car seems almost as foreign as the idea of a Mini Coupe-platformed Toyota – but those are both rumoured to be in the works.

Neither BMW nor Toyota have confirmed the reports at this stage. As far fetched as the cooperation sounds some of the deal does make sense with both companies needing to increase their small-car presence, and both relying heavily on the North American market for their sales volumes.

If the BMW-Toyota deal does come to life, it is expected to result in products around 2012 or 2013. With the new Mini Coupe and Roadster potentially headed for production in 2011 if they receive a warm welcome at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

This isn’t the first time a luxury carmaker has tapped the iQ for its small-car duties, however. Aston Martin is already at work building its own version of the iQ, called the Cygnet in an attempt to lower it’s average emissions.

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