Toyota and Mazda to co-develop connected cars, EVs


Toyota Motor Corporation and Mazda Motor Corporation are joining forces in the area of connected vehicles and electric powertrains, according to a report by Automotive News. The two automakers are conducting broad discussions, according to Mazda executive vice president, Akira Marumoto, without elaborating on the subject matters of the talks which have taken place since last year.

Last year, the two companies signed a deal, in which Toyota will provide its advanced fuel-cell and hybrid tech to Mazda, while Mazda will share its economical, high compression ratio SkyActiv petrol and diesel engine technologies in return.

The ongoing technological partnership between Mazda and Toyota continues a trend of Japan’s automakers joining forces either by acquisition or alliance. Most recent is Nissan’s purchase of a majority stake in Mitsubishi earlier this year, while Toyota purchased the remaining share of Daihatsu Motor Company, and is also exploring a research and development partnership with Suzuki.

Toyota Motor Corporation president, Akio Toyoda and Suzuki chairman, Osamu Suzuki said talks between the two parties began due to the daunting financial demands on keeping up with advances in electrification and autonomous driving. Toyota also has a stake in Isuzu, is also the largest shareholder in Fuji Heavy Industries, and is the majority owner of Hino Motors.

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • pak atan on Nov 03, 2016 at 11:11 am

    UMW Toyota masa depan cerah. \O/\O/

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    • Kunta bin Kinte on Nov 03, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Pity Proton, all car companies collaborate with each other but poor Proton, cannot find a partner to work with. All also stay away from troubled Proton

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    • According to basher logic, both Toyota & Mazda must kolos shop NOW, cuz with so many decades of car making still cannot do ownself, need to partnership & rebadge. So bashers says both must kolos now, or they r BN lapdog.
      Jangan persoal basher logic.

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  • now everybody jv to reduce rnd cost and merge tech

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    • karam singh on Nov 03, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Toyota basically owns daihatsu, hino.. And thru Fuji heavy industries – they own Subaru as well

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  • Jimmy on Nov 03, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Who do they choose Mazda?

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