According to a recent development, the Ahmedabad plant of Japanese carmaker Suzuki Motor could manufacture electric cars for Maruti Suzuki and Toyota.
Suzuki, the parent of Maruti Suzuki, has been selected for benefits under the government’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme and might make green cars as per the requirements of Maruti and Toyota.
Maruti MD & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa confirmed that discussions are still ongoing on the prospects of manufacturing Toyota cars in Gujarat. Toyota Japan had recently announced an aggressive global plan for electric models.
Toyota and Suzuki are already in a business alliance and a product-development and model-sharing relationship. The partnership stems from an agreement that the companies signed in 2018, years after Suzuki’s partnership with the German Volkswagen Group had collapsed.
The partnership has seen Maruti share Baleno hatch with Toyota called Glanza and Brezza mini SUV called Urban Cruiser.
These cars are produced at Maruti and Suzuki’s factories and sold to Toyota with specific exterior and interior styling changes.
It is also understood that the companies have developed a premium SUV, which will be made Toyota’s factory in Bangalore and compete with Hyundai’s Creta, Kia’s Seltos, and Volkswagen’s Taigun.