Suzuki Motor turns to Toyota for lessons on small EVs


Suzuki expects to construct EV from scratch


Says it’s going to launch extra SUVs


Desires to regain 50% market share in India


Lengthy-term development forecast for small automotive phase in India

GREATER NOIDA, India, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) chairman Toshihiro Suzuki advised reporters Wednesday at India’s biennial auto present that his associate Toyota Motor Corp is trying to make small electrical vehicles. He plans to discover ways to use EV know-how. .

Suzuki stated it realized EV and different applied sciences from Toyota to develop vehicles which might be extra appropriate with its personal merchandise.

“So how we’ll introduce this EV know-how in small vehicles is one thing we have to work on and share with Toyota,” he stated in the course of the break of the automotive present.

After a sluggish begin to EVs, Toyota, which owns a 4.89% stake in Suzuki, is contemplating relaunching its electrical automotive technique as Tesla vehicles develop in reputation.

The Japanese auto big’s planning beforehand assumed that demand for EVs wouldn’t proceed for a number of many years, Reuters reported final yr.

When requested if SMC would think about launching EVs constructed on petrol engine platforms, Suzuki stated the corporate ought to develop an EV from the bottom up.

India’s EV market has gained momentum. Along with Tata Motors, which dominates the gross sales of electrical vehicles within the nation, overseas gamers lined up for SAIC Motor’s MG Motor, Mercedes Benz and Stellantis launches.

With deliberate investments of as much as $1.3 billion to make EVs and batteries regionally, Suzuki is heading in the direction of India, which is poised to turn out to be an EV hub for the Japanese automaker.

Suzuki is almost all proprietor of Maruti, which is dealing with rising competitors from its rivals as patrons shift to bigger vehicles comparable to SUVs and regulators enhance prices by demanding safer and greener vehicles. This pushed its market share from 50% to lower than 43% in 2019.

“One of many causes we had been unable to keep up 50 p.c market share… was the delay within the launch of SUVs,” stated Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki Motor Corp, including that the corporate is attempting to regain market share by launching extra SUVs. .

“We see long-term development potential within the small automotive phase. We have to try for deeper penetration in India and additional increase gross sales of compact and small vehicles in India,” he stated, including that Suzuki will work with Maruti to regain market share. he added.

Maruti dominates automotive gross sales in India with its small, low-cost automobiles, making the South Asian nation one of the necessary markets for the Japanese firm.

On the occasion held on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, Suzuki stated that India contributes 50% to 60% in revenues to SMC, and this proportion will enhance sooner or later.

(Reported by Aditi Shah; written by Nandan Mandayam; edited by Jacqueline Wong, Muralikumar Anantharaman and Barbara Lewis)

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