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Honda-Isuzu alliance signals further consolidation in Japan


By all indications, Japan’s auto industry is clearly coming together as part of a consolidation drive. There have been recent instances of Toyota-Suzuki, Toyota-Mazda, Honda-Yamaha and Nissan-Mitsubishi.

The most recent to join this list are Isuzu Motors and Honda R&D Co, a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co, which signed an agreement on Wednesday to undertake joint research on heavy-duty trucks, utilising fuel cells (FC) as the powertrain.

As their joint statement says, there are still some issues that need to be addressed to popularise the use of FC and hydrogen energy, including those related to cost and infrastructure. These ...


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