Report: Lexus will not get diesel engines under new BMW-Toyota partnerships

Under a new partnership between BMW and Toyota, the German automaker will supply the Japanese automaker with 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines starting 2014. The engines will be offered in a range of Toyota vehicles but the company’s premium brand Lexus will not receive any of those units.

“The agreement with BMW does not include any supply of BMW engines to Lexus,” Toyota Europe spokesman Etienne Plas told Automotive News Europe.

So if you had any hopes of Lexus offering diesel units in Europe or the United States, you can forget about it.

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“We don’t have any concerns,” BMW’s development chief Klaus Draeger said. “The engines are not planned for use in the Lexus brand.”

According to the ACEA, 52 percent of cars sold in Europe in 2012 were diesels.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Automotive News