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OK, this wins for un­likely news item of the week. Or pos­si­bly year. Deutsche Welle re­ports that days af­ter Toy­ota pres­i­dent Akiotoy­oda spoke of plans to

‘‘ deepen al­liances’’, ru­mours abound that the Ja­panese maker is talk­ing with BMW. Un­der a pro­posed deal, Bim­mer would sup­ply diesel en­gines to hy­brid­spruik­ing Toy­ota in re­turn for hy­brid en­gine know-how, Ja­panese busi­ness daily Nikkei re­ports. For their part, the Bavar­i­ans want to ex­pand into hy­brids and EVS, while Toy­ota strug­gles for growth in Europe where about half of pas­sen­ger cars are pow­ered by oil­ers. A hy­brid 3 Se­ries is ten­ta­tively slated for Aus­tralian re­lease in 2014. A Camry diesel, then? Maybe not so un­likely.

UN­DER THE GRILLE

Audi is work­ing on a range-wide re­vamp of its de­sign to es­tab­lish a greater va­ri­ety of de­sign cues, Au­to­car re­ports. Audi de­sign di­rec­tor Ste­fan Sielaff says the com­pany went into the project to dif­fer­en­ti­ate a line-up in which ba­si­cally the same sin­gle-frame grille is plas­tered in ev­ery model. Un­der the acro­nym AQR (A for Audi, sedans and hatches; Qfor Quat­tro, SUVS; and R for sports cars), Sielaff’s team are pen­ning noses for each type. ‘‘ We know that some peo­ple think our (sedans) look too alike,’’ he says.

STAR CROSSED

Jaguar is not de­lighted with NCAP af­ter the lat­est round of crash test­ing gave its XF four stars, the same as the pref­acelift model. The com­pany says the XF’S adult oc­cu­pancy score was 1 per cent un­der the five-star thresh­old, child oc­cu­pancy missed out by 2 per cent but pedes­trian and safety as­sist re­sults ex­ceeded five stars. None of this would put Cars­guide off the taste­ful Jag, if we could raise the read­ies.

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