Toyota said Wednesday that it will no longer use the Mazda brand in its luxury sports utility vehicle, the MZ17, and that it plans to build its own name into the vehicle.
“We’re not going to use the Mz brand anymore, and we will build our own brand,” the automaker said in a statement to Recode.
Toyota did not give a timeline for when it will start building its own brand.
The company is looking at options for future vehicles, including a sports utility crossover that could be called the M-Z and a sports crossover that may or may not be called MZX.
Toyotas first MZ sport utility vehicle was introduced in 2016 and was a crossover that offered a range of luxury features, including powertrain upgrades, heated front seats, and a driver-assist feature.
It is one of the first vehicles to use an automatic transmission, and it was the first vehicle in the automakers new compact crossover platform to have the same roof line as the standard crossover.
In October 2017, Toyota announced it would be moving its brand to a new name and branding.
That move is expected to begin in 2019.