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The France headquartered car parts and seating manufacturer is to acquire Hitachi’s car navigation unit, Clarion, in a move to strengthen its position as a major supplier of cockpit electronics.
The deal has been estimated at around JPY80 billion (US$710 million) and would make Faurecia the majority owner of Clarion. Japan’s Hitachi, which owns a 63.6% stake in Clarion, is said to be considering various options but has not yet decided. Parick Koller, CEO, Faurecia, said the acquisition would position the French supplier “as a leading player for cockpit systems integration, able to offer unique user experiences.” Faurecia, Clarion and Hitachi would form a business alliance aimed at developing autonomous driving products.