March 13, 2006

Toyota and Fuji to develop hybrid systems for Subaru

Toyota City, Japan – A report by the Green Car Congress states that Toyota Motor has agreed to jointly develop hybrid systems with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the parent company of Subaru, with the aim of using the technology in Subaru Legacy models in two to three years. Toyota acquired an 8.7 per cent stake in FHI after GM sold its stake in the company last year.

Although Toyota originally intended to supply hybrid systems to FHI, the companies have decided to work jointly because existing Toyota systems cannot readily be used with Subaru’s horizontally-opposed engines. Subaru showed its new B5-TPH hybrid concept vehicle at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January; its engine is based on the standard Legacy 2.0-litre boxer engine.

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