Toyota, Suzuki tying up in technology, ecology partnership

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  • FILE- In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyota, the world’s top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership. Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking. Toyoda said survival depends on such collaborations, and it was not enough for a company to be doing just its own research. “It is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” he said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE- In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyota, the world’s top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership. ... Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking. Toyoda said survival depends on such collaborations, and it was not enough for a company to be doing just its own research. “It is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” he said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE- In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyota, the world’s top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership. Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking. Toyoda said survival depends on such collaborations, and it was not enough for a company to be doing just its own research. “It is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” he said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE- In this March 13, 2015 file photo, Toyota President and CEO Akio Toyoda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Toyota, the world’s top automaker, and Suzuki, a Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership. ... Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking. Toyoda said survival depends on such collaborations, and it was not enough for a company to be doing just its own research. “It is very important now to have partners who share the same goal and passion,” he said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) (The Associated Press)

Toyota, the world's top automaker, and Suzuki, its Japanese rival that specializes in tiny vehicles, are tying up in a partnership.

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Both sides announced in a joint statement Wednesday they will study areas they can work together in developing technology for the environment, safety and information networking.

They said such areas are likely to benefit from a partnership, especially as the industry is changing rapidly in those areas.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. said they will continue to compete in other ways. They expressed hopes other automakers will join the partnership to help work toward an industry standard in such areas.

Suzuki specializes in minicars, but has acknowledged problems with its emissions tests in Japan, after Mitsubishi Motors Corp. acknowledged it had cheated on such tests.