Toyota and Suzuki have announced new agreements with electrification, hybridisation and development of new products at the forefront of collaboration
Toyota and Suzuki partnership has been flourishing since the first MoU (Memorandum Of Understanding) was signed back in February 2017 and the latest developments have been officially unveiled. With domestic and global significance, both the global automotive giants have announced new agreements to commence profound collaboration in various departments and areas of interest.
The Japanese companies are leveraging each other’s strengths for mutual benefits. For instance, the electrification expertise of Toyota and knowledge attained by Suzuki in compact vehicles are used as part of the joint collaboration in production in new fields such as zero-emission mobility. In a global perspective, Toyota will be supplying its hybrid system to Suzuki.
In Europe, Toyota will be supplying the electrified versions of the popular RAV4 crossover and Corolla Wagon to Suzuki. Toyota will be assisting Maruti Suzuki in HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) technologies and it is the first logical and gradual step towards transition into full electrification in the near future.
With more emphasis on the domestic market, the Suzuki-built Ciaz and Ertiga will be supplied to Toyota and the joint development of a Toyota badged C-segment MPV and OEM supply to Suzuki are part of the project. It could be positioned below the top-selling Innova Crysta. Additionally, Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza will be produced at TKM’s facility in Karnataka from 2022.
This will be the second rebadged Toyota vehicle to go on sale based on a Maruti Suzuki as the re-engineered version of Baleno premium hatchback will likely reach Toyota showrooms in the coming months. The made-in-India Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz and Ertiga will be procured by Toyota for use in African countries.
The newly developed Suzuki engines will be plonked onto Toyota’s compact vehicles in Europe in support of Denso and will be manufactured at Toyota’s plant in Poland. Toyota and Suzuki will consider further collaboration while competing against each other without any restrictions.