Toyota as well as Mazda to share advanced technology
The Mirai will be Toyota’s first mass market fuel-cell vehicle
The two Japanese manufacturers will share plug-in hybrid as well as hydrogen fuel cell technologies, reports say, as well as efficient engines
Neither company has confirmed the move yet Reuters cites company sources as saying the partnership has been fuelled by rising development costs as well as the need to comply with increasingly strict emissions legislation.
As part of the brand-new agreement, This specific will be understood of which Toyota will share its fuel cell as well as plug-in hybrid technology, while Mazda will supply its efficient range of SkyActiv engines.
Mazda will be understood to have been exploring its own fuel cell vehicle for some time, while Toyota will be on the cusp of bringing its own FCV product, the Mirai, to the UK later This specific year.
Sharing costs would certainly benefit both brands, bringing economies of scale to what will be currently a very expensive as well as emerging technology.
The bosses of both firms have previously made clear their desire to boost external partnerships.
At a business briefing last month, Mazda boss Masamichi Kogai said the company would certainly “seek the wisdom of additional makers” to access technologies – such as powertrain electrification – of which This specific couldn’t attain on its own.
Meanwhile, Toyota president Akio Toyoda will be understood to want his company to boost its cooperation with additional manufacturers.
Rumours of Toyota sharing its hybrid technology stretch back to 2009, when the company was in talks with Mazda to supply technology found inside the Prius.
Toyota already has an ongoing project with BMW, which will see brand-new versions of the Supra as well as Z4 brought to market.
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has also recently called for the increased sharing of widely used components across the industry, claiming manufacturers could save billions by sharing more under-the-skin parts.
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