Stellantis and Toyota will jointly build new large commercial vans for the European market, which will be available in fully electric form. This extends the existing LCV partnership between the two brands, as well as with compact-sized and medium-sized vans already in production.
The new large van will arrive in mid-2024 and will be produced by Stellantis of the Gleuis (Poland) and Atesa (Italy) plants. Toyota will be allowed to sell it in Europe with its own badge, the Japanese automaker will offer for the first time in this segment.
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Reading in line, the unnamed Toyota will be the Fiat Ducato, the Citroen Jumper, the Peugeot Boxer, the Opel / Voxhall Movano and the Radam Promaster Big Van siblings. Although originally unveiled in 2006, most of the models mentioned above are already offered in EV form and come in a variety of wheelbase lengths and roof heights.
Judging from Toyota’s strategy with the ProAce City (compact van) and ProAce (medium-sized van), the larger LCV will probably share most of its body panel and interior with the Stellantis siblings, including Toyota’s own with a slightly redesigned grille and bumper. Design language. Unlike smaller vans that are offered in more civilized MPV versions, larger vans will probably have an LCV.
The partnership between the two companies began in 2012 with a Toyota-branded mid-size LCV manufactured by Stellantis in Horden (France). It was expanded in 2019 with compact LCV siblings produced by Vigo (Spain) ‘s Stalantis and is now complete with large vans covering all major LCV segments in Europe.
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Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stalantis, said: “Operational excellence is recognized as defined in this extended agreement”, adding that the new agreement would strengthen Stalantis’ “EU30 leadership for LCVs and low-emission vehicles, compatible with Dare Forward 2030” technology, production. , The goal of becoming a global leader in LCV in terms of “market share and profitability”.
Matt Harrison, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, added: “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. The new LCV will represent a significant contribution to Toyota’s overall LCV line-up growth, enabling Toyota to provide a dynamic solution to all segments of the LCV market, in addition to Hilux Pick-Up, Proace and Proace City. “