Toyota Motor Corp. wants to work with European suppliers to develop local solutions for the high-volume models it builds in Europe.
"We want to allow them to submit design and performance concepts," said Rob Johnson, general manager of purchasing at Toyota Motor Europe.
Toyota wants to use European component designs in its European vehicles to make best use of local technologies, Johnson said.
"There is a lot of difference in the vehicle at the detailed engineering level, compared with Japan and North America," he added.
For example, suppliers developed noise insulation components as a system for the new Europe-built Toyota Corolla and tried new manufacturing approaches.
"That has been really successful on costs, but also in terms of a reduction in noise levels," Johnson said.
Toyota benchmarks European suppliers on cost and quality against Japanese and North American suppliers.
When necessary, Toyota works with suppliers to maintain a globally competitive supply base in Europe.
"Similarly, we are gradually starting to develop components for European suppliers to sell elsewhere in the world," Johnson said.
"But the share of European components on Japanese and North American products will be very low in the next five years."