Toyota and Suzuki recently announced their collaboration in new fields. Toyota and Suzuki have been considering the possibilities of such collaboration since having concluded
a memorandum of understanding toward business partnership on February 6, 2017.
This business strategy will allow Toyota to bring its electrification techniques to Suzuki. This will also allow Suzuki to expand its hybrid vehicle range in view of increasing demand for such technology. According to the collaboration, Suzuki will provide two compact vehicles built on their platforms to Toyota in India. Also, Toyota will make use of the newly developed Suzuki engines for compact vehicles. Toyota will manufacture these engines at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland. Suzuki will also provide India produced vehicles (Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga). This allows Toyota to target African markets.
Toyota and Suzuki collaboration benefits
In return, Toyota will provide the THS (Toyota Hybrid System) to Suzuki. It will also supply two new OEM electrified vehicles built on Toyota platforms (RAV4, Corolla Wagon) to Suzuki in Europe. It will also widely spread hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technologies in India through local procurement of HEV systems, engines, and batteries. This will largely benefit Suzuki due to the growing demand for Hybrid and other electrified technologies.
This collaboration will also allow both companies to jointly develop a new Toyota C-segment MPV and OEM supply to Suzuki. Toyota will also produce Suzuki-developed compact SUV Vitara Brezza at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) from 2022.
Both the companies agree that further collaboration will help to realize a sustainable future mobility society while respecting all applicable laws. Toyota President Akio Toyoda believes that “When it comes to vehicle electrification, which is expected to make further inroads, hybrid technologies are seen as playing a huge role in many markets, as from before.
Widespread acceptance is necessary for electrified vehicles to be able to contribute to the Earth’s environment. Through our new agreement, we look forward to the wider use of hybrid technologies, not only in India and Europe but around the world.”
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