Toyota Developing Fuel Cell Vehicles With China’s FAW And GAC

Toyota will work with Chinese partners Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) and FAW Group for a range of hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicles, Reuters reports.

According to a filing by GAC to the Shanghai stock exchange on Thursday, the relationship between the companies will deepen as they develop new energy vehicle and connectivity technologies.

It has also been revealed the three partners will expand their cooperation on hybrid vehicles and battery-electric vehicles, with Toyota sharing its resources and talent to develop “intelligent connected” vehicles with GAC and FAW.

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Word about the three automakers working on new hydrogen vehicles comes shortly after confirmation from Toyota chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada that a second-generation Mirai is in the works and will launch in 2020. It remains to be seen what shape other fuel-cell vehicles from Toyota will take, but there’s a chance they will be sold with GAC’s logo in the companies’ joint venture dealerships across China.

Japan’s largest automaker is doubling-down on its efforts to bump up sales across the People’s Republic. In 2018, it delivered 1.5 million vehicles, well down on rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda recently said they want to “step on the accelerator in China” and need “to strike a fine balance between China and the United States.”

Toyota intends to bump up is annual Chinese sales to 2 million units, and a closer relationship with GAC and FAW could help make this happens.

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