Mazda to use Toyota Prius’ hybrid system on future model

Mazda announced today that it has reached an agreement with Toyota on the supply of hybrid technology used in the Toyota Prius.

“Leveraging this agreement, Mazda plans to combine the hybrid system with its next-generation SKY engine that is currently under development, and develop and manufacture a hybrid vehicle in Japan,” Mazda said in a statement.

Mazda plans on having its hybrid vehicle on the market in Japan by 2013. It said that it aims to increase the average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold globally 30 percent by 2015, compared to its 2008 level.

We know you’re all thinking about why Mazda would choose to work with Toyota at time where the Japanese automaker’s hybrid technology is being questioned. If it’s any consolation, Mazda announced recently that it will install brake override systems in new models.

– By: Kap Shah