Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. are downplaying the importance of a meeting last week between their top executives. Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally and Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho met in Tokyo “on a variety of topics of mutual interest,” Ford says in a statement. A Toyota spokesman tells Reuters, “It was just a get-acquainted meeting.” Nevertheless, media speculation has been rampant that a potential tie-up between the two auto makers is in the works. A recent report by the ...

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