Toyota and Suzuki are now partners

Expect to see Suzuki hybrids and more utilitarian Toyota models
by Tom Harrison | Mar 21, 2019
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Toyota and Suzuki have announced a collaboration that will “bring together Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles.” While both companies will “continue to fairly and freely compete against each other,” the partnership is supposed to help both companies “grow in new fields.”

What does all of that actually mean? Well in Europe, Toyota will build two new hybrid models for Suzuki, based on the RAV4 and the Corolla Wagon, and Suzuki will grant Toyota use of its small gasoline engines for use in compact cars. These engines will be built at Toyota’s factory in Poland.

Elsewhere in the world, Suzuki will supply India-produced models (Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, and Ertiga) to Toyota, for sale in the African market. In India, compact models based on the Ciaz and the Ertiga will be part of Toyota’s offerings, and a C-segment MPV will be jointly developed by the two companies. The Toyota Hybrid System will also be supplied to Suzuki in various markets across the globe.

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Toyota’s boss Akio Toyoda said the partnership “will help give us the competitive edge we will need to survive this once-in-a-century period of profound transformation,” strengthening both companies “by applying our strong points and learning from each other.”

The companies say they’re also “considering further collaboration.” Toyota Jimny? Suzuki Supra? The possibilities are endless…

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