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A staunchly independent Honda switches gears with GM partnership

Sharing of core components signals new approach for Japanese automaker

The Japanese automaker will be sharing engines and chassis with General Motors. (Source photos by Koichi Hiromitsu and Reuters)

TOKYO -- Honda has taken the crucial step of sharing core components with General Motors under an expanded North American alliance, a turnaround that reflects the automaker's miscalculation on its previous go-it-alone strategy.

In announcing the strategic partnership Thursday, the two automakers said they will consider sharing common vehicle platforms, including internal combustion propulsion systems, and procuring parts together. The collaboration signals the great cost pressure the sector is facing in trying to develop cleaner technologies.

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