There are only about 90 kilometers from Toyota City to Suzukis headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan - and there is some evidence that the two automakers as other neighbours have looked over the hedge every now and then and admired the counterparty's hardware.
It is, however, neither havetraktoren or the Weber grill on the terrace, which has caught their gaze, but rather the contents of the neighbor's garage. Now, the two manufacturers have taken the consequences, invited each other inside and started a collaboration on both engines as the car models.
It confirms both of the producers in a press release, in which it also appears that the new cooperation agreement has been underway since 2017.
The typing of several international media, including Automotive News Europe.
Cooperation, according to the press release 'bring Toyota's forces within hybrid technology and Suzukis forces within the compact cars together'. For Toyota's part, this means, among other things, that you will let Suzuki use its hybrid technology and furthermore deliver the two 'electrified vehicles', as Suzuki can sell in Europe.
They must be built on the same platforms as the big SUV-model RAV4 and the station wagon version of the Corolla. According to Automotive News, the new Suzuki station wagon to be built at Toyota's factory in the Uk from 2020, while the SUV model will be imported from Japan.
The biggest win for the Suzuki is, according to the media, to hybridmodellerne can lower the average level of pollution for the manufacturer's fleet.
Cooperation with the other words help to ensure that Suzuki can live up to the EU's increasingly stringent requirements for pollution in the future.
Suzuki, in turn, will allow Toyota to use its newly developed engines in the compact car models, to be sold in Europe. And then you have to help Toyota to sell cars in Africa and India.
the car manufacturer must, among other things stand to build two compact Toyota model for the indian market and four models for the african. Suzuki and Toyota will also go together to develop a common MPV model for India.
The two automakers put in the press release that the collaboration can develop into more if it becomes necessary 'to realize a future with sustainable mobility'. So far the new agreement, however, enough to go over the challenges in the meeting, believes the Toyota chief Akio Toyoda.
- We believe that the extension of our partnership with Suzuki (...) will give us the competitive advantage needed to survive in this extraordinary period of great change, he says in the press release.
Cooperation does not mean, however, that the two rivals will put over 80 years of competition completely behind him. In the press release writing producers that they will continue to 'compete fair and free'.