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Toyota and Suzuki will form a capital alliance, the Japanese automakers said on Wednesday, as they look to accelerate technological development and meet sweeping changes upending the global auto industry.

The deal will see Toyota pay about 96 billion yen ($910 million) for a 4.94 percent stake in smaller Suzuki, while Suzuki will acquire around 48 billion yen worth of shares in Toyota.

That is equivalent to 0.2 percent of Toyota's shares as of Wednesday's closing price, before the announcement.

The two automakers said in a joint statement they intended to overcome new challenges facing the industry by "building and deepening cooperative relationships in new fields while continuing to be competitors."

They said they would strengthen technologies and products in which each of them specialize.

"Toyota is getting Suzuki at an attractive valuation," said Janet Lewis, an analyst at Macquarie Capital Securities (Japan) Ltd. "It appears to be very similar to the mutual investments made between Toyota and Mazda."

The tie-up highlights the challenges for automakers as they fight to keep up with the breakneck growth in an industry that has been transformed by the rise of electric vehicles, ride-hailing and autonomous driving.

Toyota and Suzuki said in 2016 they were exploring a partnership, citing technological challenges and the need to keep up with industry consolidation. The pair earlier this year announced a tie-up to produce electric vehicles and compact cars for each other.

Toyota has been looking to expand scale in next-generation technology and said this year it would offer free access to patents for EV motors and power control units. It believes that move would help it cut by as much as half the outlays for expanded electric and hybrid vehicle components in the United States, China and Japan.

Supplying rivals would greatly expand the scale of production for hardware.

Suzuki, which specializes in affordable small cars, had been struggling to keep pace with the huge costs of investing in research and development for automated driving functions.

Suzuki said it will use 20 billion yen of the proceeds on development of new technologies including autonomous driving, and the remainder to replenish its capital.

Suzuki has been seeking to team up with a larger carmaker after an acrimonious split with Volkswagen.

Toyota has budgeted about seven times more on research and development than Suzuki for this fiscal year, and the smaller automaker has pointed to the soaring cost of making competitive cars as a reason to join forces with a partner.

Toyota said in June it aims to get half of its global sales from electrified vehicles by 2025, five years ahead of schedule, and will tap Chinese battery makers to meet the accelerated shift to electric cars.

Toyota ha acquistato il 5% di Suzuki, le 2 case nipponiche collaborano proficuamente su diversi progetti da alcuni anni. Suzuki è molto ben gestita ma non ha la massa critica per sopravvivere quindi ha fatto un buon affare.
L’aspetto che mi interessa è la sistemazione delle case giapponesi minori imposta dal governo. Dopo la crisi degli anni ‘90 solo Toyota e Honda rimasero indipendenti. Nissan fu conquistata da Renault, Mitsubishi da Daimlerchrysler, Mazda da Ford mentre Gm acquisì quote importanti in Isuzu, Subaru e Suzuki.
Per vicissitudini varie le case estere hanno dovuto vendere le loro partecipazioni e le piccole case nipponiche sono ritornate indipendenti eppure rimanevano sottodimensionate. Il governo Abe allora ha spinto Toyota a acquisire quote minoritarie ma con importanti risvolti di scambi tecnologici in Subaru, Isuzu, Suzuki e Mazda. È il nuovo volto del nazionalismo economico, uno dei tanti velenosi ricordi che la scimmia arancione di Washington ci lascerà. La ciliegina sulla torta potrebbe essere la cacciata degli odiati mangiarane da Nissan.

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MessaggioInviato: ven set 27, 2019 8:51 am 
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-- Toyota plans to raise its stake in Subaru to more than 20 percent from around 17 percent now, a deal that would also see Subaru invest in Japan's top automaker, two people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Toyota's investment is likely to cost more than 70 billion yen ($650 million) based on Subaru's stock market value, said the Nikkei business daily, which first reported the news.

Subaru is likely to reciprocate with a stake in Toyota that would roughly equal the value of Toyota's additional investment, one of the people told Reuters.

Subaru is particularly strong in SUV strength and all-wheel-drive technology. The two automakers in June said they planned to jointly develop an electric SUV on a platform produced together, to split costs.

Toyota is by far the larger manufacturer, with 10.6 million cars and trucks produced in 2018. Subaru built 1 million vehicles last year, a decline of 5 percent and the first drop in seven years.

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Toyota plans to make Subaru an equity affiliate after raising its stake, the Nikkei said, which would make it an asset on its balance sheet and included on income statements.

"The plan appears to be to ultimately make Subaru a fully owned subsidiary, to help create a 'mega Toyota.' This is the first step towards that," said Takeshi Miyao, managing director of Carnorama, a consultancy. "It's all about building scale."

Toyota said the stake increase reports are not based on any announcements from our company. "The Toyota group is considering various options to strengthen its competitiveness. We will publish anything when it is appropriate to do so," said Maki Niimi, a Toyota spokesman.

Subaru issued a similar statement with similar wording.

Toyota also owns stakes in Suzuki Motor and Mazda Motor, of less than 10 percent apiece.

Automakers, especially smaller ones such as Subaru, are struggling to meet the fast pace of change in an industry being transformed by the rise of electric vehicles, ride hailing and autonomous driving. They have been joining forces to slash development and manufacturing costs of new technology.

Ford and Volkswagen have said they will spend billions of dollars to jointly develop electric and self-driving vehicles.

Toyota seems to be particularly keen to build scale now by investing in smaller, domestic automakers, rather than forging cross-border tie-ups like some of its rivals.

It has been building its holding in Subaru since first acquiring a 9.5 percent stake in the smaller automaker, then called Fuji Heavy Industries, in 2005.

Toyota has been looking to expand scale in next-generation technology and said this year it would offer free access to patents for electric vehicle motors and power control units.

Toyota sta per salire al 20% di Subaru, ormai il colosso giapponese sta creando una serie di satelliti (Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru e Isuzu) con cui cooperare. È lampante l’imputa da parte del governo di impedire che le piccole case giapponesi finiscano in mano agli stranieri come avvenne negli anni 90. Alla faccia dell’ antitrust.

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Il gigante noioso salva costruttori più piccoli e simpatici. Fantastico! :allegria

Fiat Panda Hobby - 39 cavalli, sì, ma non per tonnellata :alastio:

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Toyota will not abandon Europe's minicar segment unlike rivals such as Ford and Opel but the next version of the Aygo could be electric.

The current Aygo, which was launched in 2014, will get a successor, Toyota Europe CEO Johan Van Zyl said.

"The Aygo has been a very good product for us in terms of conquest and bringing younger people into our brand. We still see it as a good segment for us to be in," Van Zyl told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

The Aygo is currently Toyota's only car sold in Europe without a hybrid option. Van Zyl said a replacement Aygo might be electric given the car's urban usage.

"Some cities are applying zero-emissions zones, so we must think about the future and say, 'how are we going to ensure that we have an electrified version of an A (minicar) - or sub A-segment car that we'll be able to utilize for these cities?'" he said.

Toyota's development partners for the current Aygo, Peugeot and Citroen, have indicated that any replacement for their minicars will need to be electric.

The Aygo is built alongside the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 in a joint plant with PSA Group in Kolin in the Czech Republic.

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As two of the most asset-heavy industries in Europe, manufacturing and transport are facing strong headwinds thanks to growing operational costs and competitive pressures coming from within the European continent and beyond.
Toyota sold 83,030 Aygos in Europe in the first 10 months, up 3.7 percent, according to JATO Dynamics market researchers. Peugeot sold 48,542 units of the 108, down 1.4 percent and Citroen sold 44,399 units of the C1, down 1.9 percent.

Toyota has agreed to buy PSA's share of the joint venture in 2021. This means Toyota has to fill a plant with annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles.

Van Zyl said the company will be able to keep the plant busy. "We will utilize the full capacity in future," he said, without disclosing which cars Toyota intends to build there.

Toyota remains one of the few automakers, along with Hyundai and Kia, to commit to Europe's smallest segment.

Automakers are increasingly abandoning the segment due to the cost of updating the low-profit minicars to meet tougher European Union regulations to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions.

Most recently, Ford and Opel exited the segment. Volkswagen Group's VW Up, Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii minicars are expected to be replaced by battery-powered cars based on a shortened version of the automaker's Modular Electric Drive Toolkit (MEB) architecture.

Replacing the Aygo with a new gasoline version could be unviable in such the price-sensitive minciar segment. The cost of cleaning up NOx emissions on a gasoline engine car to pass Euro6d Temp standards due in September next year is around 2000 euros a car, Ford has estimated.

Toyota has said it will launch three battery electric vehicles by 2021 in Europe, including an EV version of the Lexus UX compact SUV. The other two are expected ot be an electric version of the C-HR compact SUV and a PSA-sourced van.

Toyota will be able to carry on selling gasoline Aygos without penalties after tough new CO2 regulations start in January because its hybrid models account for over half its sales across the automaker's European product range, helping to reduce the company's average CO2 emissions.

Toyota sta pensando di dare un erede alla Aygo che però sarà esclusivamente elettrica. Mi domando come riusciranno a produrre un’ auto elettrica con un range decente e ad un prezzo da citycar. Vedremo.

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