Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Corporation along with Isuzu Motors and Hino Motors entered into a commercial electric vehicle coalition in Japan. Now, Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu have also joined this Japanese alliance to expand its focus from trucks to smaller cars.
- Suzuki and Daihatsu to each acquire 10 percent stake in the alliance
- Isuzu and Hino have 10 percent stake each, with Toyota holding a 60 percent stake
- The scope of the alliance will now extend from trucks to smaller commercial vehicles
Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation – what is it?
Earlier in April this year, Toyota, Isuzu and Hino constituted the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJP) commercial vehicle project with the aim to attain a competitive advantage in the connected, commercial vehicles segment. It incorporated the strong commercial business foundations of Isuzu and Hino with Toyota’s CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) technologies with the greater goal of achieving carbon-neutrality in Japan with regard to commercial vehicles.
The addition of Suzuki and Daihatsu will be key in expanding the scope of the business from trucks to smaller, light commercial vehicles. Mini vehicles or ‘Kei’ cars, in which Suzuki and Daihatsu excel, account for nearly 40 percent of all vehicles in Japan. Mini-commercial vehicles are particularly a lifeline in rural areas as they can cover places that are accessible to them because of their size and support last-mile logistics.
The addition of Suzuki and Daihatsu strengthens the partnership as it will be leveraging on their strength of high-quality, low-cost manufacturing. It will also advance the cause of safety and electrification in the mini-commercial vehicle segment. Currently, Suzuki, Daihatsu, Isuzu and Hino each own a 10 percent stake in the alliance and is being led by Toyota with a 60 percent stake.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, "With Suzuki and Daihatsu joining the project and working together, we'll be able to expand our circle of cooperation to not only cover commercial vehicles but also mini vehicles." He further added, "With this expansion, I believe that we'll be able to take one step closer to a better mobility society."
Toyota and Suzuki partnership in India
The Toyota and Suzuki partnership in India has already seen the launch of two rebadged models – the Toyota Glanza (rebadged Maruti Baleno) and the Toyota Urban Cruiser (rebadged Maruti Vitara Brezza). The alliance will also see Maruti Suzuki supplying the Ciaz and the Ertiga to Toyota for more rebadged models that are in the pipeline.
The two Japanese carmakers will also make a big push for hybrid electric vehicles in the country with Toyota supplying its hybrid systems to Suzuki. Additionally, Toyota and Suzuki will cooperate to develop a new mid-size SUV based on a common platform for both brands that will take competition to the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.