Toyota licences Japanese rival to use its Prius tech; Mazda hybrid in 2013
30 March 2010

Toyota is to license its Prius-based hybrid technology for use in a forthcoming Mazda hybrid.

Mazda says the Prius technology will be combined with its next-generation engines, with the resulting hybrid on sale by 2013.

These engines are known are part of Mazda's Sky project, which will come on stream in 2011 and offer petrol and diesel economy improvements of at leats 15 per cent.

Mazda says it believes licensing the company's hybrid technology is the quickest way to bring its own hybrid to market.

Mazda wants to improve the average fuel economy of its vehicles by 30 per cent by 2015.

Toyota said it will consider requests from other companies to license its hybrid technology.

Follow us on FacebookSee all the latest Mazda reviews, news and video

Join the debate


30 March 2010

That's fine , as long as they use their own brake and throttle pedals.

30 March 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]

That's fine , as long as they use their own brake and throttle pedals.

[/quote]Beat me to it.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic
  • First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The newest version of Rolls-Royce's flagship model sets new standards for opulence and luxury whether you're driving it or being driven in it