Isuzu May Expand Diesel Engine Supply to Toyota for Markets Beyond Europe
15 December 2007
Isuzu Motors Ltd. President Susumu Hosoi said that the new 1.6-liter diesel engine being co-developed with Toyota Motor Corp. may be used not only in cars for the European market but also in models intended for other regions. (Earlier post.)
Under their partnership, Isuzu and Toyota plan to start production of the new diesel engine around 2012 for use in Toyota models targeted at the European market.
“It is unlikely that this will be limited to Europe from the viewpoint of costs,” Hosoi said in an interview, referring to the need to cut the manufacturing costs by expanding production volume.
Hosoi said the new engine may also be used in Isuzu cars, although he noted that the two companies have not yet discussed specifics relating to this matter.
Isuzu plans annual production of around 20,000 units of the new engine. The location of the production has yet to be decided.
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Posted by: William Nunes de Aquino | 07 May 2008 at 06:10 PM