Not all so-called Memorandum of Understanding pacts end in actual collaborations. For instance, after a two-year "feasibility study," Toyota and Ford have just announced that they will not be developing hybrid systems for use in light trucks and SUVs as previously planned, and the two automakers will instead continue to develop their own hybrid technology independently.

The would-be collaboration was first announced in August of 2011, and would have seen a rear-wheel-drive hybrid platform that would "improve the efficiency of trucks and SUVs while still allowing them to be driven in the way customers expect," according to our initial post on the topic.

Keep in mind that this announcement isn't to say we shouldn't expect hybrid pickups and SUVs from the two automakers, but that they probably aren't coming very soon – Ford says it will have a system "before the end of this decade" and we haven't heard much from Toyota on the hybrid truck front since the 2008 A-BAT Concept (pictured above) – and that they will not share any components between them (and they never have, for what it's worth).

In any case, Ford and Toyota are continuing to work together on "next-generation standards for telematics and will consider other areas for future collaboration as well." Feel free to read announcements from both automakers below.
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Rear-wheel-drive hybrid for trucks and SUVs on track

After successfully completing the feasibility and development of the hybrid system project with Toyota, Ford is moving forward on its own with development of a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system for Ford pickups and SUVs.

The new hybrid system – which will be available by the end of this decade – will be based on an all-new architecture to deliver the capability truck and SUV customers demand while providing greater fuel economy.

"We know what it takes to build world-class hybrids, and we now will build and leverage that expertise in-house," said Raj Nair, group vice president, global product development. "By continuing to develop a rear-wheel-drive hybrid system on our own, we can extend our advanced hybrid technologies to new vehicle segments and deliver even better fuel economy across our lineup."

While collaboration on the rear-wheel-drive hybrid has concluded, Ford and Toyota will continue to work together on development of next-generation standards for in-car telematics, back-end support systems for call centers and Internet-based services – all designed to bring more Internet-based information to consumers globally.

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Toyota Issues Statement regarding Ongoing Collaboration with Ford and Reaffirms Its Commitment to Hybrids

Toyota and Ford have completed their feasibility study for collaboration on the development of a new hybrid system for light trucks and SUVs, which was first announced in August of 2011. As a result, we have agreed to develop hybrid systems individually. Toyota and Ford continue to evaluate the feasibility of working together on next-generation standards for telematics and will consider other areas for future collaboration as well.

Toyota's commitment to hybrid technology is unwavering. We have sold over two million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles in the U.S., representing 70 percent of the U.S. auto industry's total hybrid sales, and over 5 million hybrids worldwide. In addition, Toyota remains on track to offer 18 new or redesigned hybrid models globally by the end of 2015.

All told, Toyota estimates that its global fleet of nearly 20 hybrid vehicles (12 available in the United States) has resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than those emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles, and have saved their owners more than 3 billion gallons of gasoline.


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      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota I thought this was the new Ridgeline.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
        The photos are of a Toyota concept from 2008.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bullitt2605
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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      I never understood why Toyota would ever soil themselves with the Ford name. Just saying.
      wsbfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota probably realized that Ford wasn't bringing anything to the table.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wsbfan
        obviously, how are those Tundra sales?...#1?, #2?, 3?.....
          Jack
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          They're not in the top 3, but Tundra sales are up more than 15% this years. Toyota group also outsells Ford in most other trucks sales globally. Besides, who has the most retail sales of hybrids globally? Don't make it sound like Toyota is a lightweight that has nothing offer. Ford obviously thought they could gain something by working with Toyota at one point.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          hey Mr Honda...how bout those Ridgeline sales.....BWAHAHAHAHA....and please, in terms of pickups the Tundra cant even compare to any of the big three....and PS, PLEASE do some research, ranger hasnt been sold in several years, I could tell you the resons but i wont waste my time with deaf ears and ignorance, two areas that we all know YOU excel in....how is it being #1.....
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          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Jack, Im not, Im specifically talking about here in the US, which also happens to be the biggest full size truck market in the world, and Im sorry, Tundra is a relatively small player in this field, Im not even going to mention the Titan, and Im not even sure one should mention the Ridgeline in ANY truck conversation...
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          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          aaron....not hard to have massive % increases when you sell as few as the Ridgeline does...case closed....FUNNY, and seriously THATS ALL YOU GOT? share the total numbers, no actually dont, youll become even more of a laughing stock....priceless stuff.....thankyou.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          WMB, that is the exact reason they got out of that segment.......there was no business case that made sense for the outlay of making the Ranger compliant with mandated safety requirements.....( please keep that to yourself, aaron may not be able to handle actual facts...lol )
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wsbfan
        if I didnt know better I would wonder why you werent signing off as BD.
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      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford probably didn't want the new car to get recalled.
        teh_4rd_humper_deep_sheman
        @FIDTRO
        They've always wanted that, bud. We all want something in life that we know will probably never be reality. I would like wed my sister one day, ...but that's probably more likely than Ford not having recalls. But you get what I'm saying, right? BUILT FORD TOUGH! BILL FORD TUFF! BIL FERD TURF! BIRD FEED TURD! AND A DERP FURP BURP!!!!
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      very good...toyota would have robbed Ford of all the lead they have in this segment, or at a minimum they would have leaped forward by putting their hands on free technology without spending years and billions of dollars. They seek so called "cooperation" all over the world in order to acquire free and new technology. Latest example is their involvement with Tesla for free battery technology.
        Jack
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Toyota has invested millions of dollars into Tesla. They're not getting anything for free, you moron.
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      the smartest move Ford made in the last decade...stay away from the asians and their promises. They rob you blind and you don't even know what hit you.Their entire "auto industry" is the result of the sum of stolen technology from the Europeans and Americans. They would still be manufacturing human drawn rickshaws if it weren't for the stolen western technology
        Levine Levine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        kontroll: You forgot to add that the Asians stole the wheel, the triangle, and the circle from America.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        You shouldn't post things, you might be lowering others IQ unintentionally.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
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        Tom Slater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kontroll
        Did you happen to work in the electronics industry at one point? Wild guess here.
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't think of anything worth saying, just saying! Lol
      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is it so many people before me are believing this to be only about trucks? This a collaboration for trucks and HYBRID technology! Toyota is considered to be the biggest player in the hybrid game. Ford is just the biggest gamer in the hybrid game. Ford could've easily gained as much from Toyota about hybrids as Toyota could've about trucks for the US market.
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cliff Notes: Synergy drive does not provide a confident "Truck" feel when towing. Imagine pulling a boat out of the water, the engine would be at 6000 RPM and you would be going nowhere. You need a parallel hybrid in a truck application that could benefit from electric assist during acceleration/deceleration but maintain efficiency cruising at freeway speeds. GM's version of this with the 2-mode transmission was way too complicated and expensive.
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        @HVH20
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      teh_4rd_humper_deep_sheman
      4rd did the right thing! 4rds hybrids are superior! they don't need to toyota! toyota is known for cheating the epa testing with their hybrids! phew! that was a close one 4rd!
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Deal was cancelled probably due to bad blood as Ford is increasing hybrid sales at Toyota's expense.
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