BMW wants to replace the Z4 sports car sometime before 2020.
As the market for small two-door drop top sports coupes dwindles, BMW is looking to cut down on development costs and is likely to partner with Toyota on the Z4. The two automakers are already collaborating on a sports car architecture, powertrain electrification and lightweight technology.
“I would like to see a Z4 successor in this decade,” BMW’s development chief told Automotive News. The current Z4 has been on the market since 2009.
Sales of the Z4 dropped 11 percent last year in Europe and 13 percent in the U.S., so its no wonder BMW hasn’t prioritized development of a successor. Unlike other vehicles, BMW can’t count on Chinese sales for the Z4 either, as privacy and air quality concerns keep drop tops from selling in China.
[Source: Automotive News]
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