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Toyota to GM: No Hybrid Tech For You!

2011 Chevrolet Volt

2011 Chevrolet Volt

Toyota isn't going to help GM with its hybrid technology. Shocker! But these days anything is possible, and Toyota does have licensing relationships with Ford and Nissan for some hybrid technology, so it's not too far-fetched to be believable.

Earlier today Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun published a story sourced to unnamed insiders that the Japanese car giant was ready to offer its hybrid technology to GM if the ailing American carmaker should ask for it. The report said even bankruptcy would be no obstacle to such sharing.

The premise was that Toyota could somehow corner the global market by getting its competitors to use the same hybrid technology, thereby establishing a global standard for the future.

But Toyota quickly stepped up with an official statement saying that there was no plan for sharing hybrid technology with GM. Given its current state, GM may be saddened to hear the unsolicited rejection, though it has its own plan forward for hybrid technology, including the two-mode system co-developed with Daimler, Chrysler and BMW, plus the technology underpinning the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.

Toyota's own 2010 Prius hybrid is doing just fine on its own, selling 80,000 pre-order units in Japan during its first week--hardly a position that's crying out for sales of the underlying technology to a competitor.

[Wall Street Journal]

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  1. "Mr OH"

    *@#%! Toyota ! When they needed help in developing a large truck & suv platform they called on GM.Now that the tables are turned they're clamming up! Gm should take note of this lesson and learn it well. Gm has had the tech to be better than toyota for a long time but their leadership has been so piss poor(the bean counters)resting on ancient laurels not looking into the future while maintaing typical gm practices has only led them to the edge of their demise . All champs fall , Toyota is a great company ,GM needs toyotas focus to play and compete in the industry of tommorrow by giving the masses what they want and need at the same time.The Prius does not amaze or impress me.A car that small ought to get that type of fuel efficieny anyway. If you want to impress the world, give us a car with some size, some style(something Toyota lacks in the realm of affoardability ) that drives and performs like an M6 and gets the same gas milege of the Prius. That would be impressive !
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