Tokyo - Toyota and Subaru are teaming up again, and this time it’s to develop something decidedly more sensible than compact rear-wheel-drive coupes like the GT86 and BRZ.
The two Japanese companies have announced that they will jointly develop a dedicated electric vehicle platform.
The tie-up is also intended 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.
The platform will eventually underpin a range of medium and large SUVs and sedans, starting with a Rav4-sized SUV that will be sold under both nameplates.
Toyota wants half of the vehicles it sells to be electrified, in one way or another, by the year 2025, five years ahead of schedule, and to help achieve this the company is partnering with leading Chinese battery maker Amperex Technology.