Originally Posted by Downhilldai
Are you suggesting that Mariner and Mercury make all their own engines?
Well.....In this day and age it would appear not, but it would seem that the outboard makers seem to have got a jump on many other parts of manufacturing.
Certain large automotive groups have been doing it for a while, for instance Chevrolet (US)/ Oldsmobile/Pontiac/Buick/Cadillac, Ford/Lincoln/Mercury, but it's only really in the last 10 years that we've had the Ford/Peugeot and FIAT/GM tie-ups.
While looking at some outboards a few months ago I was looking at Tohatsus and was told by the guy in the shop that the lower part of a Tohatsu was the same as that on a 10 year old Mercury he'd once owned and that there had been connections with Nissan and that there was a tie up between Force and Chrysler. Bl**dy 'ell that must have been a while ago, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised although I did think that the bigger ones would have been "home grown."