The General Motors announcement to raise its stake in Suzuki from 10 percent to 20 percent is consistent with other recent moves the automaker has made in the global arena, according to CSM Worldwide Director of Forecast Services, Michael Robinet. Focus on Core Competencies General Motors continues to shore up its core competencies to effectively compete in discrete market segments around the world, says Robinet. The Suzuki announcement underscores how strategic acquisitions fulfill the Detroit automaker's objectives. Robinet cites how GM utilizes Opel for small car development, Holden for rear-wheel-drive unibody development, Isuzu for diesel engine and compact full-frame development, Fuji Heavy (Subaru) for all-wheel-drive technology and Fiat for small/compact unibody frame and gasoline engine development.