Toyota, Suzuki tie-up for mutual supply of hybrid and other vehicles in India

Mumbai: Toyota Motor Corporation on Thursday said that it has concluded a ‘basic agreement’ with Suzuki Motor Corporation toward the mutual supply of hybrid and other vehicles between the two companies for the Indian market.

“Specifically, Suzuki will supply the Baleno and Vitara Brezza vehicle models to Toyota, while Toyota will supply the Corolla vehicle model to Suzuki,” the company said in a statement.

“Details on each model, such as the schedule of the start of supply, number of supplied units, vehicle specifications, and supply pricing, will be considered at a later stage.”

According to the statement, the vehicles will be sold by respective subsidiaries of Toyota and Suzuki based in India through their sales networks.

“By challenging and competing with each other with the goal of mutual improvement, Toyota and Suzuki aim to invigorate the Indian automotive market to further enhance their respective products and services to be offered to customers,” the statement said.

Since February 6, 2017, when Toyota and Suzuki concluded a memorandum toward business partnership, the two companies have been “exploring concrete projects for collaboration in areas including environmental technology, safety technology, information technology, and the mutual supply of products and components”.

In addition, the November 2017 announcement of a memorandum of understanding between the two to consider a cooperative structure for introducing battery electric vehicles in the Indian market in around 2020 was one outcome of the joint exploration into the partnership.

“Today’s announcement is another outcome and underscores the progress Toyota and Suzuki have together made, and it aims to bolster both companies’ product lineups and encourage competition in the Indian automotive market,” the statement added.