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car maker Fuji Heavy Industries is to increase component sharing with General
Motors, which holds a 20 percent share of Fuji.

The Japanese company has just announced a profit fall of 30 percent and plans
to reduce its costs by sharing 10 percent of components with GM this year. The
proportion will gradually increase to 30 percent.

Subaru’s unique horizontally-opposed (boxer) four and six cylinder engines
and all wheel drive systems won’t be shared though Fuji Heavy will take
a major role in developing four wheel drive technology for companies in the
GM group.

This latest co-operation between Fuji and GM follows earlier announcements
that GM’s Asia-Pacific region dealers will sell Subaru while its Thai plant
builds Opel-designed Zafira seven-seat minivans for sale by Subaru in Japan.

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