Mazda confirms partnership with Toyota to develop EVs

Japanese brands Mazda, Toyota and Denso team up to develop electric vehicles together in new venture

Toyota and Mazda have entered into a new joint venture with automotive technology company Denso to develop new electric vehicles.

The deal has resulted in the creation of a new company called EV Common Architecture Spirit, which is made up of full time engineers from each of the three companies. Toyota owns a 90 per cent stake in the new company, while Mazda and Denso take five per cent each.

Best electric cars on sale

With many countries and regions clamping down on internal combustion engines to help reduce emissions, the deal has been struck in response to the growing appetite for electric vehicles.

The new company has confirmed it will develop a wide range of battery-powered models including Japanese micro cars, conventional passenger vehicles, SUVs and light trucks. The company has also claimed it will “ensure flexible and rapid response to market trends”.

As Toyota holds most of the power within EV Common Architecture Spirit, its new TNGA platform – which underpins models such as the Prius and CH-R – will form the basis for many of the new EVs. However, each electric vehicle produced will be developed so that it is recognisable as a Mazda or Toyota.  

The new company remains open to the idea of the future involvement of other manufacturers and suppliers.

What do you make of the deal between Toyota, Mazda and Denso? Tell us below!

Recommended

Toyota gives industry a lift with free THUMS crash test software
Toyota

Toyota gives industry a lift with free THUMS crash test software

Japanese manufacturer wants any company to be able to benefit from its human crash modelling software in the interests of safety
16 Jun 2020
New Toyota bZ4X previews electric SUV on sale in 2022
Toyota bZ4X concept - front
Toyota

New Toyota bZ4X previews electric SUV on sale in 2022

Toyota’s first car on new e-TNGA platform is a new Volkswagen ID.4 rival
19 Apr 2021
Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar previewed by GR010 Hybrid racer reveal
Toyota GR010 Hybrid hypercar
Toyota

Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar previewed by GR010 Hybrid racer reveal

Toyota has finally pulled the wraps off its new Le Mans racer – and the brand has confirmed that the road-going version is on the horizon
15 Jan 2021
New Subaru electric SUV confirmed for European launch
Subaru EV concept
Subaru

New Subaru electric SUV confirmed for European launch

Subaru has confirmed it will soon launch a twin for the Toyota BZ, and the firm has promised the new model will be sold in Europe
14 Dec 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling
Volkswagen Polo - front
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift arrives with Golf 8 styling

Revamped Mk6 Volkswagen Polo unveiled with new GTI version coming next year
21 Apr 2021
New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe
Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD - front
Vauxhall

New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe

The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD EV reboots the iconic Manta coupe for the electric era
20 Apr 2021
Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range
Stellantis battery
Peugeot

Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range

Four new EV platforms for Stellantis Group, the first of which we’ll see in 2023
20 Apr 2021