Report: BMW to use Toyota iQ platform for new Isetta minicar

According to reports coming out of the United States, Toyota is talking to BMW about using the company’s Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster platform for future model variants. In return, Toyota will give BMW its iQ minicar platform to upderpin a production version of BMW’s upcoming city electric-car, rumored to be called the Isetta.

The Mini Coupe Concept and the Mini Roadster Concept will make their world-debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor show later next month. Both models are expected to make it to production in two to three years.

BMW’s CEO,┬áNorbert Reithofer, confirmed earlier this month that the automaker will launch a new sub-brand to market its upcoming Megacity Vehicle. He said that the new sub-brand will sell a range of substantial vehicles.

Aston Martin is already working with Toyota to use the Japanese automaker’s iQ platform for its Cygnet minicar.

– By: Kap Shah

Source: AutoCar