Desperate times call for desperate measures.
And bunch of other stuff - like the highest value in the family is Ford Europe - which just got more valuable than the rest of it combined and needs to be kept unfettered..
Like the Japanese market is now the best developed or developing market in the world NOT to be in - and is going to get much, much, worse.
Like Mazda is at an peak Apogee moment - going forward they flatten or decline slightly until the next wave up.
Like whats going to happening with the Yen, Euro and Dollar.
I don't like saying it , and under better conditions I wouldn't - its the smart thing to do.
They can retain some ties that will be useful for both - for awhile.
Count on it, Japan INC is not going to have the same number of Manufacturers, brands, and brand channels in two to three years from now.
If the OEMs can't get it done by themselves, the Japanese Government will 'suggest' a plan that will be followed - with an emphasis on folding Japanese firms in with each other.
A sensible one for Mazda would be Honda.