BMW Group and Toyota Deepen Collaboration by Signing Binding Agr

BMW Group and Toyota Deepen Collaboration by Signing Binding Agreements 
- Fuel Cell System, Sports Vehicle, Lightweight Technology and Lithium-air
Battery Collaboration to Commence - 
Toyota City, Japan, Jan 24, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  BMW Group and Toyota Motor
Corporation (TMC) are pursuing their successful strategic long-term cooperation
in the field of sustainable mobility today by signing binding agreements aimed
at long-term collaboration between the two companies for the joint development
of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a
sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies.
These agreements follow a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2012. 
Furthermore, BMW Group and TMC also today signed a binding agreement to
commence collaborative research on lithium-air batteries, a
post-lithium-battery solution.  This agreement marks the second phase of
collaborative research into next-generation lithium-ion battery cells that
commenced in March 2012. 
The main points of the agreements are: 
1. Fuel cell system 
- The companies are convinced that fuel cell technology is one of the
solutions necessary to achieve zero emissions.  BMW Group and TMC are to share
their technologies and to jointly develop a fundamental fuel-cell vehicle
system, including not only a fuel cell stack and system, but also a hydrogen
tank, motor and battery, aiming for completion in 2020. 
- The companies are to collaborate in jointly assessing hydrogen
infrastructure development and in creating codes and standards necessary for
the popularization of fuel cell vehicles. 
2. Sports vehicle 
- The companies agreed to set-up a feasibility study to define a joint
platform concept for a mid-size sports vehicle that is to be completed by the
end of 2013.  The two companies aim to combine each other's technology and
knowledge at a high level to maximise customer satisfaction.  Both companies
are to share the vision to further collaborate in the field of sports vehicle
3. Lightweight technology 
- The companies are to jointly develop lightweight technologies for vehicle
bodies using cutting-edge materials such as reinforced composites, with an eye
to utilize these technologies in cooperation on the development of a jointly
developed sports-vehicle platform as well as other BMW and TMC vehicles. 
4. Post-lithium-battery technology 
- The companies are to begin joint research with a goal to develop a
lithium-air battery with energy density greatly exceeding that of current
lithium-ion batteries. 
Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG said:
"TMC and the BMW Group share the same strategic vision of future
sustainable mobility.  In light of the technological changes ahead, the entire
automotive industry faces tremendous challenges, which we also regard as an
opportunity.  This collaboration is an important building block in keeping both
companies on a successful course in the future." 
Akio Toyoda, President of TMC said: "It is just over a year since we
signed our collaborative MoU, and with each day as our relationship
strengthens, we feel acutely that we are making steadfast progress.  Now, we
are entering the phase that promises the fruit.  While placing importance on
what we learn from the joint development, we will work hard together in
reaching our common goal of making ever-better cars." 
BMW Group and TMC first agreed to form a medium-to-long-term collaborative
relationship for developing next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and
technologies in December 2011, at which time the two companies also signed a
contract under which BMW Group is to supply highly efficient diesel engines to
Toyota Motor Europe.  BMW Group and TMC - as long-term strategic partners -
have since continued their joint efforts to realize sustainable mobility for
the future. 
About Toyota 
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NYSE: TM),  has endeavored since its establishment in 1937 to serve society by
creating better products. As of the end of March 2012, Toyota conducts its
business worldwide with 50 overseas manufacturing companies in 27 countries and
regions. Toyota's vehicles are sold in more than 160 countries and
regions. For more information, please visit 
Toyota Motor Corporation
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