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Japanese carmakers pool up R&D resources to fight European brands

Snapshot: A total of 8 carmakers including Honda & Toyota will together conduct research on hybrid engines.

Taking a leaf out of its European rivals’ practices of joining forces, the Japanese automakers too, are teaming up into a newly established association to collaborate on internal combustion engine research. Eight carmakers including, Honda and Toyota have decided to pool up their respective R&D resources on researching on internal combustion engine. The motive of this exercise it to be able to put up a better against its European brands - which have been doing the same for a few years already. 

“With petrol-electric hybrid cars and fuel cell vehicles being introduced, the range of technologies that carmakers must develop is expanding, even though the number of researchers is not.” Keiji Ohtsu, head of Honda R&D said. “In terms of technologies, we don’t think we are losing against European carmakers. But in terms of the efficiency of how development is being done, we are lagging behind.” Ohtsu further added - who has been appointed to lead the Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engine (AICE.) 

The said association of Japanese automakers will also be extended to include, universities and will primarily, concentrate on ways to bump up fuel efficiency of existing petrol and diesel engines by the year 2020. 

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