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BMW and Toyota to jointly develop a mid-size sports car

January 25, 2013, 03:48 PM IST by Charles Pennefather
BMW and Toyota to jointly develop a mid-size sports car

BMW and Toyota have furthered their agreement of jointly developing green technologies. New agreements were signed yesterday, and the research into next-gen batteries for cars now encompasses the lithium-air kind as well. They also hope to complete development of an inclusive fuel cell powertrain by 2020. However, there is a far more interesting project scheduled for long before then, a "joint platform for a mid-sized sports vehicle". 

Unfortunately, that is a very open-ended statement, as it could mean either a whole new green sports car along the lines of the GT-86, or just the concept in the form of drawings. We're hoping it is the former, since a small, affordable sports car of the future is what the car industry needs right now to keep consumers' faith in the excitement of driving in the electric age of automobiles without having to turn to distant dreams like the exotic Tesla models. 

Of course, we don't expect this model to make to Indian shores unless a network of charging stations has been established, but 2020 is a fair way off - one can always hope! 

Picture: BMW blog

 

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