We informed you earlier that Suzuki and Toyota has joined hands to develop electric cars and share models for the Indian market. Previous media reports suggest that Toyota could develop Maruti cars at its Bidadi plant. A new media report claims that Suzuki will invest 1 billion USD (INR 6,850 crore) in Bengaluru to start manufacturing its cars at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s (TKM) Bidadi plant. The Indo-Japanese brand can use 1.5 lakh units/annum from this production plant.
Maruti Suzuki is aiming to refurbish the manufacturing facility to meet its requirements. In order to streamline manufacturing process, the Indo-Japanese brand is planning to bring its supplier ecosystem to Toyota’s Industrial Township at Tumakara. Also See – Toyota’s Ertiga Based MPV To Look Like This
Both makers will also produce compact and efficient powertrain, which will be developed by Suzuki with the help of Denso and Toyota. The JV will also develop electric cars at Suzuki’s Gujarat facility. Suzuki has also confirmed that it will develop lithium-ion battery at its production facility in Gujarat. Also See – Toyota Baleno Hatchback – What To Expect?
Besides this, Both automakers will supply cars to each other to enter into segments they are already not present. While Toyota is aiming to grab some share in the sub-4 meter category, Maruti Suzuki is struggling to gain momentum in the premium segment. Toyota will also supply the Corolla Altis to MSIL. The re-badged saloon will be sold through NEXA premium dealership outlet.
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Japanese maker will produce vehicles using Baleno and Vitara Brezza. According to the JV, Maruti Suzuki will supply 30,000 to 50,000 units of the Baleno and Vitara Brezza to Toyota, and Toyota will provide 10,000 units of the next-gen Corolla Altis to Maruti. The next-gen Corolla is already under development and is expected to come in petrol and petrol-hybrid avatars only.