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Toyota & Subaru to Build New EV Platform and SUVs

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Toyota & Subaru's BEV-dedicated platform
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Toyota and Subaru have they will jointly develop a new electric-car platform for midsize and large passenger vehicle — including both sedans and SUVs — as well as two new SUVs on said platform. No other technical details were provided save for a rendering of the platform, which you can see in the image above.

The first vehicle build on the platform will be a C-segment crossover similar in size to the Toyota RAV4 or Subaru Forester. It will be sold by both brands with only styling and badging to differentiate them. The crossover will also have all-wheel drive — the companies made a point of emphasizing that Subaru was providing its AWD expertise while Toyota was contributing with regards to vehicle electrification technologies.

This is not the first time Toyota and Subaru partner on a vehicle project, as they have been building the 86 and the BRZ together for years. That particular collaboration helps the companies solve an issue similar to the one facing any modern automaker attempting to commit to vehicle electrification, which requires massive investment.

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“Subaru and Toyota believe that it is necessary to pursue a business model that goes beyond convention, crossing over industrial boundaries,” the two companies said. By sharing vehicle technologies and developing new ones together, the cost of building a low-volume sports car or a new electrified platform becomes more palatable.

Toyota in particular has doubled down on the need to work with other entities to help bring about an electrified future of mobility. In the past few years, it has struck partnerships with rival automakers and technology firms to help develop new technologies. It also built its other low-volume sports car, the Supra, in collaboration with BMW, and is already providing hybrid development assistance to Subaru on the Crosstrek plug-in hybrid.

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