General Motors and Honda announced today that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a North American automotive alliance.
The plan of this alliance is to work closely together in sourcing, research, development and connected services to design and market new vehicles in different niches. GM and Honda will share platforms as well as both combustion and electric powertrains.
Strategic discussions will begin immediately and engineers should get to work early next year.
Remember that these two manufacturers have a relationship that dates back more than 20 years. They notably joined forces in 2013 to develop fuel cell systems, then again in 2018 for electric vehicle batteries and autonomous car technologies, mainly the Cruise Origin (below).
More recently, last April, GM and Honda agreed to develop two electric vehicles. Sold under the latter’s banner from the end of 2023 (as 2024 models), they will use GM’s new platform for electric vehicles as well as its Ultium battery which provides a range of up to 645 kilometers.
In addition, OnStar assistance will be integrated with the HondaLink system in both vehicles. Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving technology, so far reserved for Cadillac models, is also part of Honda’s plan.
“This alliance will help the two companies to accelerate investments in future innovations in mobility by freeing up additional resources. Given our strong background in collaboration, the companies would realize significant synergies in developing the current vehicle portfolio, ”said Mark Reuss, President of General Motors.
Honda adds that everyone will be a winner with this alliance, including North American consumers. The cost savings will, among other things, make future vehicles more accessible.