Toyota has dissolved the partnership it had with Isuzu from November 2016 for the development and production of diesel engines. At the time it signed the agreement with Isuzu, Toyota had also acquired a stake of 5.89 percent stake in Isuzu. Now, Toyota is preparing to sell this share in the near future for USD 720 million
In spite of withdrawing from the partnership, Toyota will continue to maintain a strong partnership with Isuzu and the two companies will continue to collaborate on their ongoing projects related and will keep the door open for collaboration in the future.
The decision to end the partnership with Isuzu was prompted by the declining demand for diesel models and the imposition of more stringent emissions norms in key markets like Europe. Toyota said in a statement that it was the changes in the market environment that prompted the companies to suspend some of projects that had been planned.
Toyota is now increasingly focusing on the development of next-gen commercial vehicle technologies with Hino Motors with the advent of electric vehicles. Hino is already working with Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle unit on the development of powertrains for electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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