The two Japanese companies, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota declare their new collaboration. Both signed an MOU for business partnership in February 2017. The companies have spelled out the broad areas of collaboration in design and modeling keeping different markets in mind.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Baleno will be cross-badged and Toyota will retail them after making minor design changes. Similarly, Maruti Suzuki will do the same with the Suzuki badged Corolla. The company has shared that Maruti Suzuki will also supply two compact vehicles. Suzuki’s Global C and Heartec platforms will develop them which also released the Ciaz and Ertiga, respectively.
Toyota will be outsourcing the Ciaz and Ertiga along with the Vitara Brezza and Baleno for the African market. But the company will be using Suzuki’s expertise and platforms to develop a new C-segment MPV for the Indian market. Therefore Toyota’s version of the Ertiga and Ciaz will have a lot of new specifications.
Toyota will also start the production of its version of the Vitara Brezza in 2022 at its Karnataka plant. Whereas the Toyota badged Baleno will go on sale in 2019 itself.
Their deal is likely to extend from sharing of vehicles to other automobile parts. The company will supply hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technologies to Maruti Suzuki . These include HEV systems, engines and batteries. Toyota’s hybrid technology will hence be a replacement for the mild hybrid or SHVS technology which Maruti Suzuki has been using so far in the Ciaz and Ertiga along with introducing some plug-in hybrid models. Globally, Toyota will also supply Suzuki hybrid systems which will make way in its models worldwide.