Mazda signs deal to use Toyota hybrid tech

Mazda signs deal to use Toyota hybrid tech

From 2013, Mazda will join Nissan in using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology on its new cars. Mazda has just signed a licensing agreement with the hybrid superpower that will see the smaller carmaker get a supply of hybrid hardware that should include transmissions, power electronics and battery packs.

The drive components will be mathced up with the new-generation, direct-injected Sky engines that Mazda showed at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. Mazda will build it’s first production hybrid vehicle starting in 2013 using the Toyota gear. The only previous Mazda hybrid was the Tribute, which was in essence a re-badged Ford Escape.

By comparison Nissan has now produced its own in-house hybrid system and will phase out its current Toyota hybrid system over the next few years.

From 2013, Mazda will join Nissan in using Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology on its new cars. Mazda has just signed a licensing agreement with the hybrid superpower that will see the smaller carmaker get a supply of hybrid hardware that should include transmissions, power electronics and battery packs.

The drive components will be mathced up with the new-generation, direct-injected Sky engines that Mazda showed at the Tokyo Motor Show last year. Mazda will build it’s first production hybrid vehicle starting in 2013 using the Toyota gear. The only previous Mazda hybrid was the Tribute, which was in essence a re-badged Ford Escape.

By comparison Nissan has now produced its own in-house hybrid system and will phase out its current Toyota hybrid system over the next few years.

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