General Motors Corp. last week began the first moves in a strategy to become a bigger force in the Asia/Pacific small car market, agreeing to pay $1.4 billion for a 20% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. GM likely also played a behind-the-scenes role in a separate deal last week, in which Fuji and Suzuki Motor Corp. — itself owned 10% by GM — agreed to swap equity stakes. Those moves give GM access to Fuji's all-wheel-drive and continuously variable transmission technology, plus the ...

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