Denso Corporation and Toyota will provide technical support to Suzuki for a compact, ultrahigh-efficiency powertrain to be developed by the latter
Toyota and Suzuki have officially agreed upon discussing new joint projects in development of technologies, vehicle production and market development. Having signed a MoU toward business partnership early last year, both companies have been pursuing concrete forms of cooperation and announced mutual supply of vehicles for the domestic market and other joint efforts.
They have also been broadening the scope of partnership considerations. As part of the discussions, Denso Corporation and Toyota will provide technical support to Suzuki for a compact, ultrahigh-efficiency powertrain to be developed by the latter.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor will manufacture vehicles developed by Suzuki for sale in the Indian marketplace through both the brand’s network, while the supply of models developed by Suzuki from India to African and other markets will be taken care of mutually.
Each of the Toyota and Suzuki dealership networks will be used to sell such vehicles, and there will also be advancing cooperation in the domains of logistics and services. Commenting on the discussions, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: Toyota, along with Suzuki, will do its best to enhance freedom and fun in a future society of mobility and to make “Make in India” vehicles cherished in Africa and in many other countries around the world.
On the other hand, Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki stated that, having received support for the development of a “compact, ultrahigh-efficiency powertrain”, which is key to Suzuki, both Japanese giants will focus utmost efforts on development front for Indian as well as global market.
Toyota will be receiving certain units of the Baleno premium hatchback and Vitara Brezza subcompact SUV from Maruti Suzuki. After reengineering the exterior and other essential elements, both vehicles will go on sale strapped with a Toyota badge. In return, Toyota will be supplying Maruti Suzuki with Corolla premium sedan and it will ensure the latter’s presence in the D-segment.
We have digitally imagined the upcoming Toyota premium hatchback based on Baleno with latest global design cues. Under the bonnet, the Elite i20 rival is expected to use the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines from the Baleno but the interior design and features list could be altered to make it a signature Toyota model.
Moreover, competitive pricing is also expected to make a big impact in the segment. Toyota endured modest success with the Etios twins due to their uninspiring design and rather undermined interior but the upcoming premium hatchback will have a new-age design just as the recently launched Yaris and will appeal for young customers.