Mazda and Toyota are giant automobile manufacturers from Japan. Both companies have their own strong points and niches as far as passenger and commercial vehicles are concerned. Toyota has wealth of experience in electric and hybrid cars while Mazda has traditionally been known as a manufacturer of high quality and very efficient engines. According to reports, the two manufacturers are inching closer to an agreement that will aim to improve efficiency of future cars.
It is interesting to note here that Mazda and Toyota have partnered each other in several other projects in the past. But this time, it will be a partnership that will be mutually beneficial for both automotive giants. It has been referred to as competitive cooperation by both sides. There is no denying the fact that Toyota is the world leader when it comes to electric and hybrid cars. The company has a huge reservoir of experience and expertise in developing automotive batteries and other electrical systems that can be of great use for Mazda and its future vehicles.
On the other hand, Mazda is believed to have developed very superior engine technology, especially the latest engines employing Skyactive technology. These engines are so efficient that they can be used by Toyota in its future hybrid vehicles. Skyactive technology has the potential to improve upon the efficiency of internal combustion engines. This could come in very handy for Toyota.
In the domestic market, Mazda and Toyota are seen as bitter rivals and they do pitch their cars as competitors to lure people in Japan. However, both companies also have a track record of cooperation and partnerships. The best example of cooperation between these two automobile giants is Mazda 3 Hybrid. This is a wonderful car that is fitted with a 2.0 liter Skyactive motor that produces great efficiency with a pack of batteries. This car makes use of electronic control system that is used by Toyota in is bestselling hybrid car Prius. Mazda3 Hybrid is a perfect example of collaboration of state of the art technologies from Mazda and Toyota. This car combines the best of electrical and mechanical systems form two of the top automobile companies of the world.
This new car from Mazda consumes just 3.2 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. This is much less than fuel consumption of Toyota’s Prius. Prius consumes 3.9 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. It is interesting to note here that the hybrid vehicle that Mazda produced on its own ate no less than 5.3 liters of gas to cover a distance of 100km. It is clear that the partnership of these two automobile giants is good not just for the consumers but also for development of cars that are more efficient and powerful.
Mazda has always been open to strategic partnerships for developing new vehicles. It has earlier teamed up with Ford and Fiat Chrysler to produce vehicles such as Ranger and MX-5. There are rumors that Mazda is collaborating with Chrysler to make next generation car called Fiat Barchetta roadster.