Last week, sources close to BMW were spreading some rumors regarding BMW talks with Toyota regarding the iQ platform. While at that time we categorized them as simple speculations, today a few major car magazines add more fuel to the fire.
The bi-directional collaboration mentions BMW’s plans to use the Toyota iQ platform for its upcoming iSetta model, the micro electric car part of Project i.
At the same time, Toyota is looking at the MINI Coupe and Roadster platform for their future model variants.
For several reasons, we still believe these are simple rumors at this point. Toyota already has access to similar MINI platforms in their Subaru and Daihatsu brands. Naturally, the questions of cost savings comes in play and would it make sense for Toyota to use the MINI platform?
In the past few months, several other rumors surrounding BMW and its Project i have surfaced. There were several reports on BMW’s talks with Daimler, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Peugeout, but nothing has been confirmed to this date.
Aston Martin has already arranged a similar deal with Toyota to use the iQ as the basis for its Cygnet micro car.[Source: Autocar | InsideLine | Autoblog ]