Motor Corp, Mazda
Motor Corp and parts maker Denso
Corp are planning to set up a joint venture to develop electric vehicles, sources familiar with the matter said.
Toyota, Japan's biggest automaker, agreed to take a five percent stake in smaller rival Mazda
in August and the two have flagged plans to jointly develop electric vehicle technologies.
A formal announcement on the joint venture will be made later in the day, the sources said, declining to be identified as they were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly.
Global automakers are accelerating their efforts to develop electric vehicles
as policymakers in key markets like China demand they shift their product lines to these cars over the next two to three decades.
said it has been conducting various studies with Mazda
to boost their alliance. A Denso
spokesman declined to comment. Mazda
said nothing had been decided yet.
Shares in Mazda
were up three per cent in morning trade, while those in Denso
were up 1.8 per cent. Toyota
shares were flat.