This could be a big win for BMW. They get to sell more motors AND they get access to Toyota's battery intellectual property. -- The two companies don't compete here. I've never heard of anyone cross shopping even against MINI.
The BMW motors will let Toyota build diesel cars that compete with the Golf and Focus.
I'm a little surprised Toyota didn't go with Fiat JTD diesels. Fiat makes a full range of excellent diesels starting at 75 PS 1.25L and going up to at least a 170PS 2.0L Alfa Romeo motor.
BMWs motors are very good but BMW at present doesn't have a diesel smaller than the 2.0L N47. Lowest output is 116HP. Unless BMW has a new diesel, the 1.6L is the shared BMW/PSA MINI engine. Lowest tune is 90HP. The 112HP tune has identical CO2 emissions.
Fiat builds the 1.25L motor in 75PS and 90PS. VW have a very economical 1.2L 75PS diesel. In small economy cars, Toyota might still find themselves at a disadvantage at 90HP and have no offerings at the bottom end of the range.
Last edited by Andrew*Debbie; 12-03-2011 at 01:14 AM.