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
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
New Toyota ‘BZ’ to be brand's first all-electric car
Toyota BEV sketch
Toyota

New Toyota ‘BZ’ to be brand's first all-electric car

Toyota, the purveyor of the ‘self-charging hybrid’ is set to launch its first pure electric car, a RAV4-sized SUV - and our exclusive images preview h…
10 Dec 2020

Most Popular

New Lotus ‘Type 131’ due in 2021 as Elise, Exige and Evora bow out
Lotus range
Lotus

New Lotus ‘Type 131’ due in 2021 as Elise, Exige and Evora bow out

A new look Lotus line-up is teased with heavy influence from Evija hypercar expected
24 Jan 2021
Revised Mazda CX-5 crossover launched for 2021
Mazda CX-5 2021
Mazda CX-5

Revised Mazda CX-5 crossover launched for 2021

The updated Mazda CX-5 gets a larger displacement version of the brand’s SkyActiv-G petrol engine and a fresh infotainment system
26 Jan 2021
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90 - main
Car group tests

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90

Can plug-in hybrid power create a clear winner out of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or Volvo S90
23 Jan 2021