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  • Fri, Sep. 9, 8:59 AM
    • Denso Corp. (OTCPK:DNZOF, OTCPK:DNZOY) strikes a deal to take a 51% stake in Fujitsu Ten (OTC:FJTSF). The company already held a smaller position in Fujitso.
    • Fujitso Ten is a leading maker of radar systems used to advance self-driving car technology.
    • Toyota (NYSE:TM) owns just over a third of Fujitso and has a close relationship with Denso.
    • Specific terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
    | Fri, Sep. 9, 8:59 AM
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  • Thu, Jan. 28, 3:56 AM
    • At a board meeting tomorrow, Toyota (NYSE:TM) will decide whether to make Daihatsu (OTCPK:DHTMY) a wholly owned subsidiary, Jiji news reports.
    • On Wednesday, Toyota said it was considering buying out the rest of the Japanese minivehicle maker (in which it owns a 51.2% stake) for roughly $3B.
    | Thu, Jan. 28, 3:56 AM
  • Sep. 5, 2015, 12:02 PM
    • News in the automobile industry this week continues to indicate seismic changes are coming.
    • The Silicon Valley factor: A deeper commitment by Apple and Google in the automobile sector is widely anticipated, although an all-in bet on the manufacturing side is still considered a reach. Key acquisitions, partnerships, or joint ventures in software, self-driving technology, and infotainment systems could sort out the winners from the losers. German players BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) and Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) could be in the mix.
    • The Sergio factor: Though the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) CEO continues to make some bold projections on the powerful merger synergies a tie-up with General Motors (NYSE:GM) would create, his math works for other combinations within the industry as well. Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Tata Motors (NYSE:TTM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), and Volvo (OTCPK:GELYF) are each struggling in various markets.
    • The Tesla factor: Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has engaged in a war of words with Toyota (NYSE:TM) in the electric vs. hydrogen debate. The EV automaker is also in a race with General Motors and Nissan over developing a mass-market EV with the driving range and sticker price to sell at scale. There's also been a tug-of-war over employees with Silicon Valley counterpart Apple. With so many enemies, some analysts think Tesla needs more friends in the space. Who has the ~$40B-$50B to buy out Elon or the moxie to strike a strategic partnership?
    • Looking for a wildcard? Sony (NYSE:SNE) CEO Kazuo Hirai told the Financial Times this week that his company would absolutely partner with an automobile company if a deal makes sense.
    | Sep. 5, 2015, 12:02 PM | 97 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2015, 8:20 AM
    • The spinoff of Ferrari could give Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE:FCAU) enough breathing room to seek a merger partner, according to auto industry analysts.
    • The rising cost of developing clean cars in Europe and the U.S. sets the stage for automakers to join forces through mergers and extended partnerships.
    • "Eventually it must happen," notes FCA chief Sergio Marchionne on the topic of mega-mergers.
    • No company is too big to be ruled out of the merger discussions due to the benefits of scaling investment costs and matching strengths/weaknesses in Europe, Latin America, China, and the U.S, note insiders.
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 8:20 AM | 38 Comments
  • Apr. 29, 2012, 5:17 AM
    GM plans to start negotiations next month about buying a 10% stake in Isuzu Motors (ISUZY.PK) as part of an agreement to jointly develop and sell commercial vehicles in Asia and Latin America, Nikkei reports. Any agreement might lead to Toyota (TM) selling its 5.9% holding in Isuzu, and would follow GM's link-up with Peugeot.
    | Apr. 29, 2012, 5:17 AM | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 13, 2011, 5:20 AM
    Toyota (TM) will buy out the 43.7% of Toyota Auto Body and 49.6% of Kanto Auto Works it doesn't already own, via share swaps on Jan. 1, 2012. Toyota will also start talks to merge Kanto Auto Works, Central Motor and Toyota Motor Tohoku Corp with a target date of July 2012. (.pdf)
    | Jul. 13, 2011, 5:20 AM