Filed under: Etc. , Europe , Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , BMW , Toyota BMW has confirmed the German automaker will join forces with Toyota to create new green technologies . The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding for mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology, with the option to expand the partnership into additional areas. BMW has also announced the company will supply Toyota with 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter diesel engines beginning in 2014. That doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing a clean-diesel Prius in the U.S. anytime soon, however. BMW stresses that the engines will be used exclusively in Toyota products destined for the European market. What other sorts of tech could be spread between the two automakers? BMW may have an eye on gleaning some hybrid knowledge from the fiercely successful Prius program, and we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW slipped its new partner a few hints on carbon-fiber construction, either. Either way, the partnership will likely save both automakers plenty of research and development dollars, helping to bring new tech to customers with a slimmer price tag than would otherwise be possible.
Filed under: Europe , Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota TME Zaventem Proving Ground – Click above for high-res images When we went by the European headquarters of Toyota in Zaventem, Belgium, to check out the Lexus CT 200h then still under development, the Japanese automaker was in the middle of a vast expansion plan. A year later and after two years of construction, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has completed its new test facility, and released details of all that it encompasses. The new Zaventem Proving Ground includes a 0.8-mile banked oval, a 300-foot skidpad plus test roads to evaluate and fine-tune everything from ride comfort to brake performance. All in all, the proving ground alone takes up 700,000 square and cost some $67 million to construct. The facility will allow Toyota to conduct much of its own R&D on-site at Zaventem, instead of booking time at the massive test track owned by Ford in Lommel or a similar complex. Follow the jump for the full press release and scope out the aerial shots of the new facility in the high-res image gallery. Continue reading Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground Toyota Motor Europe completes construction of new Zaventem Proving Ground originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink