Mazda will look to grow its offering of ‘green’ cars with the announcement that it is considering offering both plug-in hybrid models and electric cars in the future. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said both types of vehicles are currently being studied by the Japanese automaker.
It’s not yet clear if Mazda intends to develop its own powertrain systems for these vehicles or if it will find a suitable partner in the auto industry. Mazda still has a close relationship with Ford, even though the Blue Oval is no longer a majority shareholder in Mazda. Another likely possibility is a tie-up with Toyota, which will provide the powertrains for a new line of hybrid models that Mazda is set to bring to market in 2013.