Ford and Toyota Sever Partnership to Develop Hybrid Trucks
July 24, 2013 8:26 AM
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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
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
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RE: New designs...
7/24/2013 2:18:40 PM
Its not just newer Japanese designs, but it is getting common in American designs as well. I've been noticing the high beltline being pretty common lately.
Personally I hate it since it gives me the 'driving a tin can' feeling. I like to rest my elbow on the door sill when I drive and with the high beltline my arm ends up in a really uncomfortable angle.
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