Re: G.M. and suzuki s**k
General Motors owns 20% of Suzuki, and shares the CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, which produces the Vitara/Tracker and Swift/Metro.
General Motors owns 49% of Isuzu.
General Motors owns 20% of Subaru.
Subaru and Isuzu share the huge SIA plant in Lafayette, Indiana in which they produce most of the vehicles they sell in North America.
Almost every car manufacturer these days can be linked to every other manufacturer in one way or another because economies of scale encourage all these mergers. Sharing resources and competing on 3 or 4 fronts is more efficient than hoarding resources and competing on dozens of different fronts.
-- Geoff Beasley