Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor Co announced that they have joined the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJP). Through this commercial vehicle project, both OEMs aim to accelerate their carbon neutrality initiatives in minivehicles via the dissemination of CASE technologies and services. As part of their participation in the CJP, Suzuki and Daihatsu will each acquire 10% of issued shares of Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies (the joint venture for the CJP initiative) from Toyota.

Minivehicles account for around 31 million of the 78 million vehicles owned in Japan and play an important role for customers in rural areas. Mini-commercial vehicles can travel to places that are accessible to these customers because of their size and ability to support last-mile logistics. While minivehicles have an important role to play in the realization of a carbon-neutral society, and the spread of CASE technologies and services, there are many issues that minivehicle manufacturers cannot solve on their own.

The CJP was launched in April 2021 to accelerate the societal implementation and dissemination of CASE technologies and services. It does so by combining the commercial business foundations cultivated by Isuzu and Hino with the CASE technologies of Toyota while addressing the challenges facing the transportation industry.

Expanding CJP to include minivehicles will enable the promotion of improved integrated logistics efficiency – spanning from large trucks to mini-commercial vehicles. The new collaboration also aims to disseminate affordable advanced safety technologies and electrification for minivehicles through the leveraging of Suzuki and Daihatsu’s high-quality, low-cost, manufacturing processes and Toyota’s CASE technologies.

Other aims of the CJP collaboration include improving logistics efficiency by building a connected technology infrastructure that links the main arteries of logistics (truck logistics) with the capillaries of logistics (mini-commercial vehicles). As the project develops, it will aim to expand the use of advanced safety technologies that contribute to safety and security, and cooperate on the use of technologies to deliver affordable, high-quality, minivehicles that can be disseminated sustainability. The project also hopes to contribute to the achievement of a carbon-neutral society.