Toyota to make Suzuki cars in India

The day wouldn’t be far when you will get a made by Toyota Suzuki car in India. After exploring multiple joint ventures, Suzuki finally inked a deal with fellow Japanese Toyota for mutual sharing of technology and synergies. While the deal was finalised this February, it is only recently that the company has begun sharing details about the agreement.

In a statement released for public consumption, Toyota will now make Suzuki cars in India. Toyota’s Bidadi facility currently is under utilised given the volumes that constitute sales here. Around 70 per cent of the facility is unoccupied which suggests that making cars for Suzuki makes sense. These vehicles will be made by Suzuki but will be sold by both brands individually through their respective showrooms.

Suzuki in the meanwhile will develop a new high efficiency powertrain with inputs from Denso Corporation and Toyota. It will spawn a new family of engines that will be used by both the companies involved. The first one is expected to be a petrol-hybrid. Unlike the SHVS being employed by Maruti Suzuki currently, this is expected to be a full-blown unit complete with batteries to support the process. As it is, from this agreement, Suzuki is going to introduce an electrified car in India by 2020.

Suzuki has been paying a royalty to Fiat for use of their 1.3-litre Multijet diesel engine. However, the Multijet isn’t expected to survive the BS-VI norms and hence will have to be axed. Maruti is said to be developing its own 1.5-litre diesel for use in the various cars, however, it is far from being put into the market. The other Suzuki-developed 800cc 47PS motor used in the Celerio diesel is now under the hood of the Super Carry load carrier.

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