With all the tie-ups going on between Japanese and mostly European car makers, conventional wisdom had it that Honda would not take part in the nampa with the gaijin. Everybody saw them stay pure and Nipponese. Not so, said Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo yesterday to The Nikkei [sub]. They would very much like a little tete-a-tete with attractive suitors. They were the wallflower, because they were too shy and awkward. Now, Honda is ready to play.
“Honda has its own corporate culture. We have been on our own since the company’s foundation,” Kondo told a press conference. “I think Honda is clumsy at simply enjoying the benefits of M&As.”
Koichi Kondo said that Honda does “not rule out a technological alliance were we likely to benefit from such a tie-up.” He said Honda is not considering such an option at present, but Japanese girls say that all the time. Get the shibari ropes ready.