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07 06 2019 03

Toyota and Subaru have agreed to develop a joint BEV platform. In addition, the two Japanese manufacturers intend to jointly develop a purely battery-electric SUV model in the C segment that will be sold under both brands.

“Medium and large” passenger cars are to be built on the platform. The cooperation is primarily intended to reduce the costs associated with the development and production of new models.

The C-SUV is intended to combine the strengths of each of the two companies, as stated in a press release – Toyota’s electrification technologies and Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technology. Group-wide cooperation on new technologies has become widespread in the automotive industry. Even for a global corporation like Toyota, the costs of developing battery systems, electric drives or autonomous cars on their own are too high or too great a risk. “Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond the convention and crosses industrial boundaries,” the automakers said.

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