SMC : Toyota & Suzuki to start production of a midsize SUV in India from August

Japanese auto giants Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) will deepen their partnership and start production of a mid-sized port car to defeat Korean rivals and strengthen their presence in the Indian market.

The two companies will start production of a new SUV model developed by Suzuki from August at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s production facility in Bidadi, Karnataka.

Indian Subsidiaries

Limited and TKM will market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models respectively. In addition, the two companies plan to export the new model to markets outside of India, including Africa.

The powertrains of the new model, which will go on sale in India, will feature a Suzuki-developed mild hybrid and Toyota-developed strong hybrid. By bundling the strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the partnership, the two companies will be able to offer a wide range of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realization of a carbon neutral society in India, the companies in a statement.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: “We are delighted to announce the new SUV with Suzuki, a company with a long history of local involvement in the Indian business. Today, the automotive industry faces several challenges, such as electrification and carbon neutrality. By leveraging the respective strengths of Toyota and Suzuki to offer Indian customers a variety of options, we hope to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and realize a society where ‘no one is left behind’ and ‘everyone is left behind’. can move freely’. †

Including investments in expanding cooperation in India, Toyota and Suzuki will remain committed to realizing the “Make in India” initiative promoted by the Government of India, contributing to sustainable economic growth and the vision to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2070 .

Suzuki President Toshihiro Suzuki said: “The production of the new SUV at TKM is a project that can contribute to India’s growth through environmentally friendly mobility that customers need. We recognize that it is a major milestone towards further deepening our collaboration in the future. We appreciate Toyota’s support while exploring new synergies and business opportunities through continued collaboration.”

Toyota and Suzuki had signed a memorandum of understanding for a business alliance in 2017. Since then, the two companies have combined Toyota’s strength in electrification technologies and Suzuki’s strength in compact vehicle technologies for joint production and widespread popularization of electrified vehicles.

Toyota and Suzuki promote the mutual delivery of vehicles worldwide, which is one of the collaborations in the business partnership.

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