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Honda And GM Form A Strategic Alliance For Platform And Propulsion System Sharing

Honda and GM’s relationship goes back a few decades and with this strategic alliance, they intend on taking it to the next level.


  • The alliance is for the North American market.

  • It enables both companies to accelerate the development of advanced technologies.

  • Back in April, both companies agreed to co-develop EVs for Honda.


Alliances like the one between GM and Honda have quickly become a must to keep resource and development costs in check. Although both car companies have a long-standing relationship, the deal they struck back in April has opened the door to an even deeper collaboration.

When GM introduced its flexible EV platform strategy, we also quickly learned that Honda would benefit from it as both companies were to develop a pair of electric vehicles for Honda. Under this non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU), Honda and GM have agreed to explore and share vehicle platforms, propulsion systems as well as jointly research and develop other new technologies in the near future. The result of the agreement will be a range of vehicles sold under GM’s or Honda’s brands.

“This alliance will help both companies accelerate investment in future mobility innovation by freeing up additional resources. Given our strong track record of collaboration, the companies would realize significant synergies in the development of today’s vehicle portfolio,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors.

“Through this new alliance with GM, we can achieve substantial cost efficiencies in North America that will enable us to invest in future mobility technology, while maintaining our own distinct and competitive product offerings. Combining the strengths of each company, and by carefully determining what we will do on our own and what we will do in collaboration, we will strive to build a win-win relationship to create new value for our customers.  In this way, Honda will continue making steady progress in solidifying our existing business by realizing strong products, strong manufacturing capability, and a strong business structure,” said Seiji Kuraishi, executive vice president of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda GM relationship | Photo: Honda

The Alliance was conceived with the North American market in mind in order to meet its specific needs given shifting consumer and regulatory requirements.

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