Ford and Toyota to end hybrid system partnership

Article by Anita Panait, on July 24, 2013

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. would terminate a partnership to develop gasoline-electric systems for pickups and sports utility vehicles. Raj Nair, Ford’s product development chief, told Bloomberg through telephone that the carmaker is on pace to bring its rear-wheel-drive hybrid system to market later this decade.

He said that Toyota and Ford mutually agreed to end their partnership after the research and development phase. Nair remarked that both Ford and Toyota “gained from each other’s expertise and insight.” He told Bloomberg that they have developed “a lot of expertise in-house” and determined that they could deliver the system on their own. Ford chief executive Alan Mulally and Toyota President Akio Toyoda personally handled the discussions over the partnership, which was announced in August 2011.

After then, Ford has increased sales of hybrid and plug-in versions of the Fusion sedan and the C-Max wagon in the United States, threatening the dominance of the Japanese carmaker in the country’s hybrid market with its Prius.

Ford and Toyota will still work jointly on standards for in-car technology and communication systems. Toyota said in a statement that the carmakers also "will consider other areas for future collaboration as well."

Nair said that Ford and Toyota have inked a deal in China to share emergency and customer-call centers. Ford recently disclosed that it more than quintupled its electric-drive deliveries to 46,197 in the first half of 2013. Toyota still leads the segment with 176,506 sales, reflecting a 4.4-percent rise over 2012. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, electric-drive deliveries across the industry surged 23 percent to over 287,000 units.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Are you a big fan of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion? Or are you a big fan of the iconic Ferrari F50? Either way, you will...
by - February 24, 2017
It seems that AM-RB 001 hypercar is not the only vehicle project that Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has gone into. This time, don’t expect something as outlandish as...
by - February 24, 2017
The year 2018 marks the golden anniversary of Subaru of America. Of course, the company will celebrate 50 years of being at the helm of the brand’s crusade in North...
by - February 24, 2017
During car crashes and accidents, there are times that its occupants can’t get out easily. There are times when the only way to get out of that situation is to...
by - February 23, 2017
Could this be a special version of Ferrari’s much acclaimed LaFerrari? No matter how we look at it, the patent images for this sports car from Ferrari indicate its striking...
by - February 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries