BMW and Toyota may be fighting for recognition as the world's most valuable auto brand, but the two carmakers are perfectly chummy behind the scenes.
Earlier this year, the companies announced a partnership that would result in new technologies and platforms, including talk of a top-shelf sports architecture.
Now, new reports out of the US suggest the brands have accelerated the sports program, with a pair of concepts now expected to appear at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.
According to website Motor Trend, sources close to Toyota have confirmed that while the sports project was officially described as a feasability study, development was already well underway when the partnership was announced in January.
"When BMW announced in December 2011 that it would supply a new clean diesel engine to Toyota, the jointly developed sports car project had already begun," the unnamed insider reportedly told Motor Trend.
More, the insider is understood to have confirmed that Toyota boss - and known performance enthusiast - Akio Toyoda was behind the push to hurry this new sports project into development.
And where is Toyota 86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada in all this? The report suggests Tada-san is also leading development of the new platform, having already visited BMW "multiple times" in the past year.
It remains to be seen if there's truth in the report's claim of a Tokyo debut for the new platform - in hand-built concept form - but Toyota fans might just be up for their best Christmas present in a long time.
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