Japan’s smaller auto makers, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd., have a common denominator in their future powertrain strategies: competitor – and partner – Toyota Motor Corp. With Toyota’s 2005 purchase of a 10% stake in Fuji Heavy, maker of Subaru vehicles, the small Japanese auto maker shifted gears with its alternative powerplant strategy. Gone is Subaru’s plans to introduce a hybrid-electric vehicle by the end of this year. The model, to have ...

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