Toyota and Suzuki are exploring how to work together


Akio Toyoda and Osamu Suzuki, leaders of Toyota and Suzuki

The technology and the car are phenomena as intimately linked and inseparable. increasing costs in research and development (i & D) are increasingly heavy, and the manufacturers tend to share efforts to make that development more affordable, so win-win.

Toyota has various partnerships with manufacturers of extremely different. Has an agreement with Mazda (engines), and another with BMW (diesel, sports), two with PSA (suvs and vans), the other with a Subaru (sports)… in Addition, the manufacturer of small cars Daihatsu was absorbed by the japanese manufacturer leader in the world. The industry japanese automobile tends to consolidate.

manufacturers can share a large part of the costs and offer differentiated products

like they did with Mazda in the past year, Toyota and Suzuki have announced they will work together in areas such as green cars, connectivity or security. Suzuki, and Toyota will assess in what way they can help themselves and save costs, there are many possibilities. this is Not a memorandum of understanding, nor of a marriage; it is a previous phase, are learning.


Although Toyota has several alliances, acknowledge to be behind some rivals in europe and the americas. In turn, Suzuki is a manufacturer that was linked to the orbit of the Volkswagen Group, and the divorce was consummated over the last year. Had announced to collaborate together in 2009, but it was not a good pairing. Not all unions end up being productive.

Toyota manufacturer is a very powerful in regard to cars, medium and large), hybrid technology, and security systems. For his part, Suzuki is a manufacturer learned in the car of reduced price or crossovers, aspects in which Toyota has to improve a little, especially in emerging markets.

This agreement does not at all imply a future absorption of Suzuki. Will continue to compitiento against Toyota in a way that is balanced and fair. Not already planned a share exchange to strengthen those ties. Nor has created any joint-venture (a company owned in equal parts for a common end). The agreement has, in principle, global scope.


Toyota AYGO x-cite. For the manufacture of small cars it is very important to pull of alliances because it greatly reduces the cost of development. This model was designed together with Citroën and Peugeot

is Not the same policy of Renault Nissan, that is pending of being able to keep with the 34% of the shares of Mitsubishi, taking advantage of the actions down by one of the many neuroses stock due to the scandal of the approvals of the manufacturer of the three diamonds. That is a absorption, pending administrative approval given its breadth.

More manufacturers can join if they wish

¿it Will be perhaps a way forward in electric cars? Yesterday we commented on a study that links the invasion of electric cars in large cities the difficulties of owning conventional vehicles, the large subsidies and the improvement of the technology. In the approach of mobility of Toyota electric models is based more in the fact that only have a meaning to short distances. Maybe need to change the chip.

Both Toyota as Suzuki considered that it should be up to date on new technologies and trends in the face build on its long-term survival. Toyota is investigating matters such as the conduct of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, hydrogen fuel cells, etc


Suzuki Ignis, model, size of content, one of the specialties of Suzuki

Suzuki has an agreement with Fiat in terms of engines, since the diesel that is assembled in Europe are of Italian origin. Possibly the agreement with Toyota will allow to perfect the engines of gasoline -with or without hybridization – for that does not need to offer diesel engines. Nor must we forget the new petrol engines Suzuki BoosterJet and DualJet, very austere, nor semihíbridos (SHV) that have come out this year.

while in hybrid technology Toyota is a leader unquestionably, though it is true that the hybrid system of Suzuki achieves a high performance with a system lighter in weight and number of components, more simple, and which reduces the consumption of their gasoline to the levels very very good. In addition, your solution seems much more economical in small cars.

We will have to wait a few months to see what level of detail have this agreement, and in which it materializes. Until then we can speculate a lot. Will you wind up repenting and Volkswagen have stopped marching to its partner nippon? How can Toyota manage so much alliance with their rivals in a sustainable way? how Will this agreement that Toyota can withstand the rushes of Volkswagen?