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Each automaker will go their own way with hybrid truck development

Toyota and Ford have been working together for the past two years to develop a hybrid system that can be used in full-size pickup trucks. However, the two automakers announced today that they are parting ways with Ford saying that it plans to launch its own hybrid system for trucks later in this decade.
Considering the blows Ford has taken recently with its hybrid vehicles not making the grade in real-world fuel economy, you might think they would want help from Toyota, the current hybrid technology leader.

Toyota A-BAT Hybrid pickup concept from 2007

"After successfully completing the feasibility and development of the hybrid system project with Toyota, Ford is moving forward on its own with development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system for Ford pickups and SUVs," Ford said in a statement.

Toyota also issued a statement saying in part, "We have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually."

Toyota and Ford did leave the door open for collaboration on other projects. Specifically, the two companies are considering another joint effort to develop infotainment systems and other telematics projects. Ford could certainly use some help with its infotainment systems as they are often pointed to as the reason the automaker has seen a decline in customer satisfaction

Sources: Detroit News, USA Today

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A better idea...
By domboy on 7/24/2013 12:53:04 PM , Rating: 2
How about bringing over the trucks the rest of the world gets - Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, VM Amarok, etc. These are all mid-sized trucks (think the US Toyota Tacoma) that you can buy with a very nice diesel engine. I'd buy any of those with manual transmission and that for me would be the perfect truck. It's maddening that you can buy these just south of us (Mexico) but not here.

For those that want bigger, put a diesel in the 1/2 tons! I think I heard Dodge is finally getting ready to do that...

RE: A better idea...
By Myrandex on 7/24/2013 1:34:57 PM , Rating: 2
Ford was going to in the past. They were going to put a Volvo designed Diesel Engine into the F150, but then switched to EcoBoost instead. And at the pricing that Diesel has had lately, I don't know if I would consider it. I would have to compute some numbers to see if it would be worth it compared to gas prices.


RE: A better idea...
By Spuke on 7/24/2013 1:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
How about bringing over the trucks the rest of the world gets - Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, VM Amarok, etc.
None of those meet US safety and emissions standards. That's why they're not here. Dodge's 1/2 diesel starts production in Sept this year. Supposed to be ~$2850 more than the Hemi.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson

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