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Toyota sheds do-it-all model to win next-generation car race

Carmaker turns to group specialist for electrification and automation

Toyota is looking to transfer one plant's production of a key part completely to supplier Denso, which makes parts for hybrids like the Prius. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

NAGOYA, Japan -- Bracing for a battle for supremacy in next-generation technologies, Toyota Motor plans to consolidate production of key electronic components to group company Denso as part of a broader reorganization aimed at eliminating overlap.

As a first step, Toyota is considering transferring the production of electronic parts at a plant in its home prefecture of Aichi to parts supplier Denso, as well as combining the companies' development functions, the automaker said Friday. The plant annually churns out around 800,000 power control units.

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