Verso 1.6 D-4D, the first Toyota with a BMW engine

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PERFECT MATCH: BMW engine and Toyota electronics.

THE new Verso 1.6 D-4D will be the first Toyota to be equipped with a BMW Group-sourced engine. The car arrives two years after the Japanese manufacturer entered into a contract with the BMW Group to source diesel engines.

The arrival of the 112 DIN hp 1.6 D-4D widens the engine range available on the Verso model, which now comprises of four diesel and two petrol engines.

Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) Belgium-based Technical Centre led the development of the new Verso 1.6 D-4D, ensuring a match between the engine and the Toyota gearbox and vehicle electronics.

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This has been achieved while safeguarding the comfort and dynamic performance of the original Verso, the manufacturer claims.

Several components were newly developed, ranging from engine mounts over a dual mass flywheel, a new gearbox housing and gearing, and a system to further improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

Didier Leroy, Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, and President and CEO of TME, said: “Working together with an industry leader like the BMW Group allows us to benefit from economies of scale to reduce development costs as well as improve our time-to-market.” 


A wider collaboration between the BMW Group and Toyota includes plans to co-develop a fuel-cell system, conduct a feasibility study for the joint development of a sports car platform, work together on creating lightweight vehicle body technologies or undertake joint research into lithium-air batteries.

Production of the Verso 1.6 D-4D will start in January 2014 at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Adapazari (Turkey), the sole production facility of the Verso range, which also produces the latest generation Toyota Corolla.


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