Toyota in addition to Mazda enter official technology partnership
Toyota president Akio Toyoda in addition to Mazda boss Masamichi Kogai
The two Japanese manufacturers will share plug-in hybrid in addition to hydrogen fuel cell technologies, as well as efficient engines
In a move designed to help drive down development costs in addition to meet increasingly strict emissions legislation, the two companies will “build a mutually beneficial long-term partnership.”
In a statement, Toyota said: “By leveraging the resources of both companies to complement in addition to enhance each some other’s products in addition to technologies, the partnership wil result in more appealing cars of which meet the diverse needs in addition to tastes of customers all over the globe.”
As part of the brand-new agreement, the item is actually understood of which Toyota will share its fuel cell in addition to plug-in hybrid technology, while Mazda will supply its efficient range of SkyActiv engines. some other areas which will come under the agreement include exploring brand-new advanced safety technology.
Mazda is actually understood to have been exploring its own fuel cell vehicle for some time, while Toyota is actually on the cusp of bringing its own FCV type, the Mirai, to the UK later This particular year.
Sharing costs would certainly benefit both brands, bringing economies of scale to what is actually currently a very expensive in addition to emerging technology.
Speaking to Japanese media, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said: “We are excited to be working with Mazda. This particular partnership is actually based on a shared vision in addition to mutual respect.
“We’ll respect each some other’s people, technologies in addition to cultures. We will lead each some other towards a better future.
“I would certainly like our joint initiatives to send a message to the word, of which we are committed to generating cars more enjoyable over the next century.”
Mazda boss Masamichi Kogai added: “I am certain of which the item will also enable us to offer our customers greater value.
“I expect of which by working together to make cars better, we can raise the value of cars from the eyes of consumers while also enhancing the manufacturing capabilities of our home, Hiroshima, in addition to all the communities we are involved in as well.”
Rumours of Toyota sharing its hybrid technology stretch back to 2009, when the company was in talks with Mazda to supply technology found from the Prius.
Toyota already has an ongoing project with BMW, which will see brand-new versions of the Supra in addition to 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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