Stellantis and Toyota partner to create new large-size electric commercial van

    Stellantis, a global mobility player with 14 brands including Vauxhall, Peugeot, Fiat, Citroën and Jeep, and Toyota Motor Europe have today announced the expansion of their existing partnership. The agreement is for a new large-size commercial van, including a battery electric version. 

    The new electric vehicle (EV) marks the third body type under the agreement, completing a full light commercial vehicle (LCV) line-up, with compact, mid and now a large-size LCV.

    Stellantis will supply Toyota with the new large-size commercial van for sale in Europe under the Toyota brand. The new vehicle will be produced at Stellantis’ plants in Gliwice, Poland and Atessa, Italy. This will also strengthen Stellantis’ light commercial vehicle (LCV) scale in Europe in line with its Dare Forward 2030 objectives.

    The new electric van is planned for mid-2024 and the new large-size commercial van marks Toyota Motor Europe’s first entry into the large-size commercial vehicle segment. The partnership will allow Toyota Motor Europe’s customers to benefit from Stellantis’ cutting-edge, zero-emission technology in each LCV segment. 

    Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said: “Operational excellence is by definition recognised in this expanded deal. With this third successful engagement, Stellantis is further demonstrating its expertise in the commercial vehicle segment and in developing battery electric technology built to support a full range of needs. 

    “This agreement strengthens our leadership in the EU30 for LCVs and low emission vehicles and moves us a step closer to realising our Dare Forward 2030 goal of becoming the undisputed global light commercial vehicle leader, in terms of technology, manufacturing, market share and profitability.”

    Stellantis and Toyota Motor Europe’s collaboration started in 2012 with Toyota’s mid-size LCV produced at Stellantis’ Hordain plant in France. This was followed in 2019 by a competitive addition to the compact-size LCV segment, produced at Stellantis’ plant in Vigo, Spain. 

    The large-size LCV announcement today, deepens the collaboration enabling Toyota to complete a full LCV line-up in Europe. The collaboration allows both companies to benefit from development and production cost optimisation.

    Matt Harrison, Toyota Motor Europe CEO, said: “We are pleased that we can extend this successful partnership through the introduction of a new large-size commercial van. It represents an important addition and completes our light commercial line-up for Toyota’s European customers. 

    “The new LCV will represent a key contribution to Toyota’s growth targets for its overall LCV line-up, alongside the Hilux pick-up, Proace and Proace City, enabling Toyota to provide a mobility solution in all segments of the LCV market.”

    Ian Osborne
    Ian Osborne
    Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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