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Toyota, Mazda Enter Long-Term Partnership on Technology

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/13/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Toyota and Mazda announced a "long-term partnership" that will allow them to collaborate in a variety of fields, including environmental and advanced safety technologies.

The automakers are still working out the details, but have set up a joint committee to decide how exactly to leverage each company's respective strengths.

Toyota, Mazda Enter Long-Term Partnership on Technology

"It's more an engagement," Toyota President Akio Toyota told reporters during a press conference in Tokyo, comparing the partnership to stages of a wedding.

Although the automakers won't confirm specific plans, early reports suggested that the partnership would involve fuel-cell vehicles. Speaking to sources familiar with the matter, Reuters reported that Toyota is thinking of providing its fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid technology to Mazda, in return for Skyactiv gas and diesel engines. Mazda has been mulling the hydrogen market over, having previously released a few fuel cell models (including a special RX-8 sports car and Premacy multi-purpose vehicle ), and Toyota is in the middle of releasing the Mirai to markets around the globe. Joining forces in hydrogen and other technologies could help cut costs dramatically for each automaker. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Of course, the two companies have been courting each other for a long time, as this isn't their first collaboration. Toyota has provided hybrid technologies to Mazda, while Mazda will produce the Yaris and Scion iA for Toyota at its plant in Mexico. Toyota has also formed tie-ups with other automakers, including BMW in collaboration on fuel cells and sports cars.

Source: Mazda, Detroit Free Press, Reuters

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