Toyota, Mazda, Subaru Team Up for Cleaner Combustion Engines

   May 31,2024

Hold your horses, petrolheads! In a surprise turn of events, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru have joined hands to co-develop a fresh generation of ICE, which could prove cleaner and more efficient. It's more of a glacial shift because traditional carmakers have been really gunning for electric vehicles lately.


Electrification and Beyond: A Multi-Path Approach

These Japanese auto giants are preparing their engines by the addition of electric motors, batteries, and electric drive units. Such a hybrid approach is against those car makers going all-in on EVs. The rationale behind this collaboration has been to cater to the different customers' needs and a continued belief in the viability of ICE vehicles.

Smaller, Cleaner, More Efficient Engines

New compact engines are being designed. All this leads to the development of cars that will be smaller in size and weight, with improved aerodynamics, high efficiency, and increased fuel efficiency. Moreover, all these developments will help car manufacturers maintain strict emission standards.

Alternative Fuels for a Carbon-Neutral Future

Not only that, but it's also making the traditional fuel-based engine cleaner. The alliance plans to work on alternative fuels such as biofuels, synthetic e-fuels, and hydrogen. This multi-pathway approach accepts the complications of a transition toward a fully electrified future and hints that combustion engines may have a longer life than predicted.

Signature Powertrains through Partnership

Each company will continue to develop its own unique powertrain. For instance, Toyota will continue using its inline-four engines while Subaru will use its boxer engines and Mazda with its rotary engines. However, the engines will be modified to seamlessly blend with the electric motors and different kinds of carbon-neutral fuels. The companies will also collaborate in sharing technologies, drawing from the existing stake that Toyota has in both Subaru and Mazda.

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EV Commitment Still Strong

This partnership is not, however, entirely a statement that these companies are abandoning the electric vehicle. Toyota, on its part, keeps the commitment to unveil at least 30 new EV models by 2030, with its goal of selling 3.5 million EVs in global sales yearly. However, smaller cars—which are often very sensitive to battery costs—can cling to combustion engines in the near future. Mazda has committed to heavy investments in its electrification process, with a 2028 goal in place. Subaru has promised a similar eight-model EV lineup by then.

This carmaker trio of Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru charts a very singular course toward carbon neutrality across the automotive sector. With cleaner combustion engines and sustained EV development, these carmakers are setting up a broad range of solutions toward a greener future.

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