Japanese auto giants – Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation have entered into a partnership under which both the brands will share their hybrid and other vehicles for the Indian market. While the Suzuki will supply the Baleno premium hatchback and Vitara Brezza compact SUV to Toyota, Toyota will provide the Corolla sedan to Suzuki. This will help both the brands to improve their market share and services in the country.
Toyota will bring in the Baleno and Vitara Brezza based hatchback and compact SUV respectively, Suzuki will work on the Corolla based sedan. However, the details such as total number of supplied units, their pricing and vehicles’ specifications are yet to be decided by the carmakers.
Suzuki’s Corolla-based sedan could be the Kizashi’s replacement that was discontinued globally in 2014. Though, there is no official word on the same. The iconic Kizashi mid-size premium saloon was first introduced in the United States in 2009, followed by other countries.
The Kizashi sedan entered India in 2011 and was phased out within a short duration of three years. High pricing, lack of diesel engine and poor sales had worked against the vehicle. Well, we won’t deny that Suzuki’s Corolla-based sedan could also be an all-new product. It could be stacked up against the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and the upcoming Honda Civic.
Just so you know, Toyota and Suzuki had announced plans to “establish an implementation framework” for business partnership in February, 2017. The areas of collaboration include mutual supply of products and components, green vehicles and safety and information technologies.
In November 2017, both the brands signed a memorandum for working together and introducing electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2020. Under this MOU, Suzuki will produce EVs and supply to Toyota and Toyota will offer technical support. Furthermore, the carmakers will work mutually for human resource development and establishing charging stations in the country. Check Out – Upcoming Maruti Cars In India
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