Suzuki-Toyota Collaborate to Develop Electric Vehicles in India


Two Japanese automotive companies Suzuki and Toyota are jointly developing a pure electric vehicle (EV) 2025 model for the needs of the automotive market in India.

The move will also expand collaboration between automakers who have traded technology and models in various parts of the world, including Indonesia, which is an important market for both.

Even so, the two companies are still closing the cooperation meeting. However, this new platform can support a wide range of vehicles. The former, due to debut in 2025, will most likely adopt an SUV body style .

This partnership will expand the range of Suzuki’s ICE-powered, mild-hybrid and full-hybrid SUVs, while addressing the needs of a wider group of buyers. Toyota could also offer its own version featuring a slightly different style.

Suzuki recently announced that it has invested US$1.37 billion in EV production in Gujarat, India. It also shows that the company wants to be an important player in this market.

As reported by Nikkei Asia, Tuesday (30/8), Suzuki remains the best-selling brand in terms of passenger vehicles. However, rival Tata Motors is a leader in the EV market.

While Suzuki has not offered electric vehicles. RBSA Advisors estimates suggest that India’s EV market could grow to over $150 billion by 2030, including cars and motorcycles, which is why automakers are rushing to join in.

Suzuki and Toyota recently revealed the Grand Vitara and Urban Cruiser Hyryder an electrified SUV duo. The twin models use the Suzuki platform and mild hybrid technology, in addition to Toyota’s full hybrid technology.

Toyota already has the eTNGA architecture for battery electric vehicles, which currently underpins the Toyota bZ4x, Subaru Solterra, and Lexus RZ 450e.

Judging from the specific needs of the Indian market, both expect a different and simplified architecture to be used by Suzuki, keeping locally produced EVs as cheap as possible.

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