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Toyota grabs pals for ride to connected, electric future

Subaru, Mazda and Suzuki tie-ups offer scale and diversity in race for standards

Toyota drew Subaru closer into its constellation of allied automakers in part to gain a stronger presence in the U.S. market. (Photo by Wakako Iguchi)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor's expansion of its capital partnership with Subaru aims to help Japan's largest automaker develop a balanced worldwide network for emerging technologies such as self-driving vehicles, as upstarts vie with established players to set global standards.

Friday's agreement between the two automakers stresses cooperation in connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles, also known as CASE domains.

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