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GM and Suzuki form alliance to share designs

MOTOR manufacturers General Motors and Suzuki have announced a strategic alliance to share expertise in designing a range of vehicles for the new millennium, including moves towards alternative fuels. Under the agreement, Suzuki will provide help with the design and manufacture of mini and small cars, while GM puts forward its experience in the larger car sector.

Both companies say they will also exchange advanced technologies. The agreement is the latest in a 17-year partnership, which began in 1981 with Suzuki helping GM supply small cars to America. In May the companies agreed on joint development of a new vehicle for the mini-car segment, mainly for Europe, but are refusing to expand on details of the latest agreement.

Further announcements may be made during the British International Motor Show, in Birmingham next month, according to Suzuki. GM will also increase its equity stake in Suzuki from 3.3% to 10%.

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