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Ford and Toyota confirm hybrid pick-up partnership

Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Corporation have announced they are to collaborate as equal partners on the development of an advanced new hybrid system for pick-ups (light trucks) and SUVs.

The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding, with a formal agreement expected to be in place by next year.

Both have been working independently on their own future-generation rear-wheel drive hybrid systems and have now committed to working together to develop a new hybrid powertrain that will bring the benefits of hybrid to new customer groups, without compromising the capabilities customers require of their vehicles. The partners say that by working together they can deliver hybrid technologies to customers sooner and more affordably than if they worked alone. Derrick Kuzack, Ford president for global product development, said: “This agreement brings together the capability of two global leaders in hybrid vehicles and hybrid technology to develop a better solution more quickly and affordably for our customers.

“Ford achieved a breakthrough with the Ford Fusion Hybrid, and we intend to do this again for a new group of truck and SUV buyers, customers we know very well.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota executive vice presiden for R&D, added: “In 1997, we launched the first-generation Prius, the world’s first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid. Since then, we have sold about 3.3 million hybrid vehicles. We expect to create exciting technologies that benefit society with Ford, and we can do so through the experience the two companies have in hybrid technology.”

Ford and Toyota also agreed to work together in developing each company’s telematics standards, helping to makes more internet-based services and information available to customers around the world.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the two companies will jointly develop, as equal partners, a new rear-wheel drive hybrid system and component technology for pick-ups and SUVs; independently and separately integrate the new hybrid system in their future vehicles.

Alan Mulally, Ford president and CEO, said: “This is the kind of collaborative effort that is required to address the big global challenges of energy independence and environmental sustainability.”

Akio Toyota, Toyota president, added: “Toyota is extremely proud to join Ford in developing a hybrid system for pick-up trucks and SUVs. Not only is this tie-up clearly one aimed at making automobiles ever better, it should also become an important building block for future mobility in the US.

“By building a global, long-term relationship with Ford, our desire is to be able to continue to provide people in America with automobiles that exceed their expectations.”

Although the hybrid system will share significant common technology and components, each company will determine the calibration and performance characteristics of their respective models that use the new powertrain.

24 August 2011


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