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Subaru and Toyota to develop hybrid SUV together

The jointly-developed hybrid would be sold by both brands as early as 2017

Published: October 11, 2013, 3:00 PM

According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkei, Subaru and Toyota are planning joint development of a hybrid SUV to be marketed by both brands, as early as 2017.

The two companies have already collaborated on a sports car project, resulting in the Subaru BR-Z and Scion FR-S cars, which are currently available.

Subaru debuted a hybrid version of its XV Crosstrek CUV (pictured above) at this year's New York International Auto Show but has no other hybrids in its lineup.

The new project is said to mate Subaru's signature horizontally-opposed engines with Toyota's proven hybrid drivetrain. No word on what size the new vehicle will be.

The hybrid vehicles will probably be manufactured at Subaru's Yajima plant in Gunma Prefecture, according to the Nikkei.

Toyota bought into Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, when General Motors divested its shares in 2005, and currently holds a 16.5%-interest in the firm.

As part of their joint endeavours, Subaru now builds some Toyota Camry sedans at its American plant in Indiana.