Toyota and Suzuki Agree to Consider a New Collaboration on Maruti Vitara Brezza

Suzuki’s India-made vehicles (Baleno, Vitara Brezza above, Ciaz, Ertiga) go to Toyota for Africa.

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) today announced their agreement to begin considering collaboration in new fields. They have been analyzing the concrete details of such collaboration since concluding a memorandum of understanding toward business partnership two long years ago on February 6, 2017.

The slow-moving Japanese companies say Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in technologies for compact vehicles, allows for growth through joint collaboration in production and in the popularization of electrified vehicles.

Toyota will supply: THS (Toyota Hybrid System) to Suzuki for global use; Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technologies in India through local procurement of HEV systems, engines, and batteries; Two new electrified vehicles built on Toyota platforms (RAV4, Corolla Wagon) to Suzuki in Europe.

Suzuki’s will supply: two compact vehicles built on Suzuki platforms (Ciaz and Ertiga) to Toyota in India; Toyota will adopt newly developed Suzuki engines for compact vehicles, supported by Denso and Toyota, manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland; Suzuki’s India-produced vehicles (Baleno, Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga) will go to Toyota for the African market.

Drawing upon Suzuki’s expertise in developing vehicles in India, there will be joint development of a Toyota C-segment MPV with supply to Suzuki. Production of the Suzuki-developed compact SUV Vitara Brezza at Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. (TKM) from 2022 in India.

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