Toyota and Mazda already have a technology and production tie-up in place. The most recent result of their partnership was seen with the Mazda2 sedan-based Scion iA that made its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show last month which will will be built at Mazda’s plant in Mexico.
A new report from Nikkei says that the two Japanese automakers are in talks to expand their technology partnership further. Toyota is considering to share its fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology with Mazda and in return, Mazda is considering to share its technology underlying its SkyActiv family of petrol and diesel engines.
According to the report, both companies will also consider partnerships in other areas, including procurement of commercial vehicles from the Toyota group and joint purchasing of parts. This should result in significant reduction of costs for both the companies. Mazda currently uses petrol-electric hybrid powertrain technology developed by Toyota.
Sharing the FCV technology with Mazda is both beneficial and necessary for Toyota, as not only will it make parts cheaper to source, but also lead to a faster growth of FCV infrastructure around the world. Mazda has not succeeded in developing latest electrified vehicle technologies. It will get it hands on the latest eco-friendly technology to have hit the mass market, if the partnerships progresses.