TOKYO (AP) – Japanese automakers Toyota, Isuzu, and Hino said Wednesday they are setting up a partnership in commercial vehicles to work together in electric, hydrogen, connected, and autonomous driving technologies. Under the deal, Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s top automaker, and truck maker Isuzu Motors will take a 4.6% stake in each other; Hino Motors is Toyota’s truck division and had been Isuzu’s rival. The 39 million shares of Isuzu commonyen, or about $400 million. Isuzu will acquire Toyota shares worth the same value, they said.
The three companies combined control 80% of the Japanese truck market. Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid, and Lexus luxury models, sold off in 2018 a 5.9% stake in Isuzu that it had bought in 2006. Earlier, Isuzu had a capital tie-up with U.S. automaker Co. The cooperation among Toyota, Isuzu, and Hino is designed to reduce emissions by building hydrogen infrastructure and to help the nation’s shortage of drivers by sharing information online and making deliveries more efficient. “These days, it is hard to discern whe correct way,” Toyota in a news conference that streamed online.
“And so we just have to try it and then try again. It is through that process of repetition Toyota has achieved what it has.” The three companies plan to develop electric vehicles,vehicles, autonomous driving, and electronic platforms for trucks, allowing them to cut costs, promote ecological infrastructure, and boost traffic safety. “Companies must take up innovation if we hope to build a better society,” said Isuzu President Masanori Katayama. Apart from their mutual stake holdings, Isuzu, Hino, and Toyota jointly set up a company called Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corp. in Tokyo to promote their partnership and plan technology and services, the company presidents said, .
Capitalized at 10 million yen ($93,000), the new company will be 80% owned by Toyota 1and 0% each by Isuzu and Hino. “This new framework is a certain step toward helping solve society’s challenges,” said Yoshio Shimo, Hino’s president. A critical project in the Toyota-Isuzu-Hino tie-up is introducing fuel cell trucks in a “hydrogen-based society” model developed in Fukushima Prefecture, which was hit by the tsunami, earthquake, and of March 2011. Toyoda said that he has gone to northeastern Japan every March since then to commemorate the triple disasters. , he visited the town of Namie in Fukushima, still contaminated by radiation, where he hopes the Hydrogen Society efforts will contribute to rebuilding the region. “We want to make the . In Tokyo trading on Wednesday, Toyota’s shares fell 2.2%, while Isuzu’s 5.4%. Shares in Hino slipped nearly 1.0%, while the benchmark Nikkei 225 finished 2% lower. Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama