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Suzuki in talks with Toyota for R&D partnership

Suzuki in talks with Toyota for R&D partnership
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Wednesday 12 October 2016, 18:10 PM

Suzuki is said to be in talks with Japanese car maker, Toyota, for a partnership that will help them with research and development for future products. This development comes on the backdrop of their failed partnership with Volkswagen which could not see any new projects coming up.

The rules and regulations regarding engines, emissions and safety getting increasingly difficult to comply with, smaller manufacturers are finding it more and more difficult to put in the kind of money needed for the research. Toyota already has already tied up with manufacturers like Mazda and Subaru for technology and the partnership with Suzuki should help them gain expertise from emerging markets like India where Maruti-Suzuki is the largest car seller.

There is a recognisable shift from the classic internal combustion powertrain towards hybrids and all-electric setups where Toyota has had years of experience with the Prius and its Lexus series of cars. Suzuki would certainly benefit from that for the Indian market which is set to adopt Euro 6 norms by 2020.

Also, with Toyota’s acquisition of Daihatsu, the budget car brand, Toyota will want in on the compact car recipe that Suzuki masters in both the Japanese and the Indian markets. On the other hand, Suzuki will get access to Toyota’s global expertise in emission technology and new engines. Also, Toyota’s $10.3 billion budget for R&D for 2017 would help Suzuki which has earmarked close to $1.5 billion for research and development.

 

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