2019 Supra: Toyota promises low-slung fun, life lessons learned Page 2

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With BMW, the companies took the first two years to understand how they might work together. Both companies took time to decide what kind of car they wanted to add to their lineups. Then they met to find out where systems and structures could be shared, if at all.

That led each company to a spin distinct car from some shared elements. Spy shots suggest Toyota will only sell a hardtop two-door Supra, for example, while BMW will adapt the new architecture for a new Z4 convertible.

2019 BMW Z4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2019 BMW Z4 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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It took Toyota and BMW two years to learn how they could work together, another four years after that to create the 2019 Supra and upcoming BMW Z4 replacement.

Today, with both cars nearing a public reveal, Tada said the partnership is going very smoothly. He confessed that the project has changed a critical way in which Toyota develops cars. There was no point in joining forces if each company could not make the car it wanted, he explained, and that marks a big departure from Toyota’s recent past.

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