Brief // Daihatsu and Suzuki join the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation founded by Toyota to work on Kei Cars, autonomous driving and electric utilities of tomorrow.

To tackle the challenges of the next decade in electromobility, Daihatsu and Suzuki Motor Corp are joining the Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation founded in April 2021 by Toyota. The capital is split 10% each concerning Daihatsu, Suzuki, Isuzu and Hino, with Toyota holding the remaining 60%. The challenge is to increase their competitive presence in the electric and connected vehicle segment.

With Suzuki and Daihatsu joining the project and working together, we will be able to expand our circle of cooperation to cover not only commercial vehicles, but also mini-vehicles,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota.

This decision comes at a time when the small car segment is threatened by the development of electric mobility, while at the same time they are a hit in Japan, thanks in particular to advantageous taxation. If Suzuki and Daihatsu are important players in this market of Kei Cars, Toyota seems ready to share its industrial and technological know-how.

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At the same time, the consortium will focus on developing autonomous driving and connectivity technologies. ” This expansion allows us to take another step towards a better mobility society,” Akio Toyoda added. The group will also strengthen its presence in the commercial vehicle and logistics transport segments, a way for these manufacturers to reduce their overall carbon footprint while, for the time being in Europe, Toyota and Suzuki prefer to rely on a hybrid range more likely to meet the autonomy constraints of the majority of drivers.

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