Toyota and Subaru join forces to create rival to Tesla Model X

The BEV-dedicated platform that will be co-developed by Toyota and Subaru

No, it isn't the next-generation 86-but how does a jointly developed midsize SUV or passenger van sound to you?

Japanese carmakers Toyota and Subaru have announced they will team up to develop an electric drivetrain platform for pure battery electric vehicles (BEV), starting with a C-Class SUV that each carmaker will sell with their own badges.

We are eager to see the combined product of Toyota and Subaru expertise.

The tie-up is also meant to play to the strengths of each brand, with Toyota bringing its electrification technologies to the table and Subaru supplying its expertise in all-wheel-drive power transmission.

In a related statement, Subaru said it will now shift its independent EV development resources to this joint project.

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The partnership between Toyota and Subaru continues to grow it seems after the two automakers agreed on developing a new kind of automotive platform.

The two will be working on a battery electric vehicle (BEV) platform that will be able to be used for both C- and D-segment sedans and SUVs.

Announced at a company briefing held by executive vice president Shigeki Terashi, the plans will see Toyota aim to sell 5.5 million electrified vehicles by 2025; five years earlier than the 2030 deadline revealed at the end of 2017.

The automakers say they chose to "pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries together" as electrification needs, infrastructure and government incentives vary greatly by country, requiring them to "respond with a sense of speed". Toyota also provided hybrid development assistance to Subaru on the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid. The cooperation is primarily meant to reduce the costs associated with the development and production of new models.

The firm has also long espoused the benefits of hybrids and how they are an effective alternative to all-battery EVs, given a fuel efficiency roughly double that of gasoline cars, lower cost and that they do not need charging infrastructure.

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