While it is technically possible to adapt the new hybrid system for 6-speed or even 10-speed automatics, Fujie says, Aisin has no current plans to do so. Moreover, he thinks moving up to 10-speeds is unnecessary, except for luxury performance models such as the Lexus RC series.

Aisin’s 1-motor system is compatible with high-torque vehicles and offers excellent fuel economy, the executive says.

Toyota has no immediate plans to adopt the Aisin system. Tokyo analyst Takaki Nakanishi, however, expects Toyota to use the technology in larger cars – anything above 3,960 lbs. (1,800 kg), including models such as the Lexus RX SUV and Toyota pickup trucks.

“The Prius 2-motor system will take care of C-segment and lower D-segment models,” he says.

Aisin’s newest 8-speed hybrid transmission, installed in the Lexus LC500h and LS500h models, incorporates two electric motors in a multi-stage design. The supplier claims the unit is the first 8-speed hybrid transmission for rear-wheel-drive cars.

In addition to the LC and LS hybrids, Aisin delivers 2-motor systems to Toyota for Prius and Crown models along with Lexus GS, IS and IC models. It also supplies Mazda’s Axela hybrid.

In total, Aisin produces four hybrid transmissions including two RWD and two FWD units.

Separately, Aisin Group displayed a new e-axle unit designed for battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and all-wheel-drive vehicles at last fall’s Tokyo auto show.

Toyota introduced the technology on the fourth-generation Prius in 2015. That device produces 5 kW, while the new system is rated at 106 kW.

The supplier is targeting 2019 for commercializing the technology.

Aisin has raised its 2020 global transmission production forecast to 13.2 million units, up from its previous forecast of 12.5 million.

Included are 9.6 million units in Japan, up from 8.2 million last year; 2.4 million in China, up from 900,000 at present; 300,000 in Thailand, up from current capacity of 120,000; and 300,000 in Europe through a licensing agreement signed with PSA Peugeot Citroen in March. The agreement with PSA is Aisin’s first production venture in the European market.

According to its financial results presentation, Aisin will not raise capacity in the U.S., which it predicts will hold steady at 600,000 units.