Ford could benefit from Toyota's hybrid technology,
says Erich Merkle, an analyst with IRN Inc. Toyota could profit from Ford's truck platform. It will begin selling its first full-size truck in February--the all-new Tundra--but it still does not have
larger heavy-duty versions, such as the Ford F-250 and F-350.
Ford and Toyota also could find mutual benefit in sharing plant capacity in North America, Merkle says. Ford is shutting down plants in North America, while Toyota is looking to open more.