BMW, Toyota agree on joint sportscar platform - paper

FRANKFURT Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:26am EST

Dr. Herbert Diess, of the BMW Board of Management, speaks next to a 320i model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2013. REUTERS/James Fassinger

Dr. Herbert Diess, of the BMW Board of Management, speaks next to a 320i model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 14, 2013.

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Carmakers BMW (BMWG.DE) and Toyota (7203.T) have agreed to develop a joint platform for sportscars, BMW's development chief Herbert Diess told a German newspaper.

"We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car. What is important is that there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands," Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Monday quoted Diess as saying.

BMW and Toyota had in January signed an agreement to cooperate on various areas including lithium-air batteries and lightweight technology.

They also said at the time they would study the potential for a joint platform for a mid-sized sports vehicle in a feasibility study to be completed by the end of 2013.

Frankfurter Allgemeine said that Diess declined to provide details on the models that would result from the cooperation.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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