For years to perfect their systems but now will be bringing their best together to create an even better Toyota was the first manufacturer to bring a hybrid system to mass production and in recent years Ford has been making waves in the hybrid game as well. Today the two industry leaders signed an agreement to team up to develop a hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs.
The two companies have been working independently hybrid system. The collaboration is expected to result in the creation of a new hybrid powertrain that will provide light truck and SUV drivers with the fuel efficiency they want with the power and performance they need.
“This agreement brings together the capability of two global leaders in hybrid vehicles and hybrid technology to develop a better solution more quickly and affordably for our customers,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.
In 1997, Toyota released the first-generation Prius, the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid. Since then they have sold more than 3.3 million hybrid vehicles. Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota executive vice president, Research and Development said, “We expect to create exciting technologies that benefit society with Ford – and we can do so through the experience the two companies have in hybrid technology.”
The goal of a powerful, rear-wheel drive hybrid platform is still probably a few years off, but this new collaboration should speed up that timeline quite a bit.