Stellantis and Toyota Van are expanding the partnership

Stellaris And Toyota Announced that they are expanding their existing partnership to include a larger commercial van for the European market, which will be available with a battery-electric version.

The new van will go into production in mid-2024 and will be manufactured at its plants in Stalantis Gluis, Poland and Italy.

The details of this huge Toyota van are very few and far between but we know that this is the first time that a Japanese carmaker will offer a larger van in Europe.

The new Toyota van is expected to be similar to Stellantis’ big van, which includes Peugeot Boxer, Fiat Ducato, Citroen Jumper, Opel Movano and Vauxhall Movano. All of these vans are already available with diesel and and all-electric powertrain options.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

“With this third successful engagement, Stellantis is further demonstrating its expertise in the development of battery electronics technology to support the commercial vehicle segment and the full range of demand,” said Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis.

Matt Harrison, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said, “We are delighted to be able to expand this successful partnership by launching a new large commercial van.”

“This represents an important addition and completes our light commercial line-up for Toyota’s European customers.”

This new Toyota-badged large van marks the third body type under the existing agreement between the two automakers, which already includes the Peugeot Partner-based Toyota ProAce City small van and the Peugeot Expert-based Toyota ProAce mid-size van.

The Toyota ProAce has been built at Stellantis’ plant in Hordain, France since 2012, and the Toyota ProAce City has been built at Vigo, Spain since 2019.

In 2020, the European Union’s competition authority ruled that the group PSA, before merging with Fiat Chrysler to become a Stalantis, had to increase the capacity of the Japanese automaker and extend its van contract with Toyota by reducing the transfer cost of vehicles, spare parts and accessories. .

EU regulators were concerned that Stellantis would gain too much market share in Europe’s light commercial vehicle market.

Collectively, they were expected to hold about 34 percent, more than double the next largest players, Renault and Ford, each with a 16 percent market share.

“This agreement strengthens our leadership in the EU30 for LCVs and low-emission vehicles and takes us one step further in achieving our goal of becoming the undisputed global light commercial vehicle leader in technology, manufacturing, market share and profitability,” Mr Tavares said. Said.

Stellantis has created a separate branch of light commercial vehicles, which Mr. Tavares previously said would give more freedom to develop new technologies, such as the hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain.

In December 2021 Stellantis began production in Germany of its plug-in hydrogen fuel-cell mid-size van trio for the European fleet.

They are Peugeot e-Expert Hydrogen, Opel Vivaro-e Hydrogen and Citroen e-Jumpy Hydrogen.

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