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Toyota offers hybrid powertrain technology to competitors

Toyota offers hybrid powertrain technology to competitors
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 16 December 2016, 18:01 PM

World’s largest automaker, Toyota has been closely guarding its immensely successful hybrid powertrain serves the popular hybrid car, the Prius. This time around with a view to assist the automakers to develop lower-emission vehicles and also boost its own sales, Toyota will reveal the powertrain technology details to competitors. The company will sell complete powertrain modules including the engines, transmissions and other drive components, to its competitors.

Toyota also wants to introduce a common size fit option for all powertrains as cars are becoming more dependent on computerized components. This will help in designing similar parts across all model ranges. Moreover, the advanced technology will help automakers to develop more long-range electric vehicles. Currently, Toyota suppliers produce technology which is unique to their own cars. However, moving forward the company will work with suppliers to produce technology which can be offered to non-Toyota customers as well.

Generally, powertrains feature a combination of parts which are supplied by independent parts makers. As Toyota has been the only one to make use of powertrains developed by its group suppliers, they have the leverage to allow engineers at the automaker and its suppliers to collaborate in development. Instead of selling components which is difficult to be used in other manufacturer vehicles, the company wants its suppliers to sell the entire system. More details on its progress will be known in the coming days.

 

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