Toyota will become more Chinese: new cars will be transferred to the BYD platform, allowing them to travel up to 2000 km on a tank of gasoline

by alex

With a consumption of 2.9 liters per 100 km

In the next two to three years, Toyota will release several new models that will be built on the BYD PHEV DM-i hybrid platform, as reported by Chinese media.

The Japanese auto giant will no longer use the THS (Toyota Hybrid System) platform. Toyota previously launched plug-in hybrid versions of the E+ Corrola, Levin and RAV4 in China without much success. Three new vehicles will use BYD's new hybrid platform.

«What is certain is that if Toyota switches to BYD's DM-i technology, the company will definitely carry out a new tuning and the driving experience will be different», – Caijing reports, citing sources at Toyota.

The fifth generation of BYD's hybrid platform was recently released, which allows cars to travel up to 2,000 km on a full tank and consume 2.9 liters per 100 km. The first such car from BYD will be released in China at the end of the month. 

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Toyota actively cooperates with BYD. In 2021, the two companies established a 50/50 joint venture, BYD Toyota Electric Vehicle Technology. In 2023, Toyota released its second all-electric car — Toyota bZ3 sedan, developed jointly with BYD, where BYD supplied LFP Blade battery packs and an electric motor.

In addition, Toyota has two major joint ventures in China with state-owned automakers: FAW-Toyota with First Automobile Works and GAC-Toyota with Guangzhou Automobile Group.

At the Beijing Auto Show last month, Toyota CTO Hiroki Nakajima said the company would start producing more plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs).

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