TOKYO – It is one of the auto industry’s best-kept secrets. Virtually unknown outside the industry, Aisin AI is Japan's leading manufacturer of manual transmissions. Its main customer is Toyota, whose affiliated suppliers include Aisin Seiki, parent company of the transmission maker. The Toyota 86, Subaru BRZ and Lexus LFA, among the sportiest of sporty cars in Japan, all feature transmissions made by Aisin AI. In addition to Toyota, the company supplies Mazda and Mitsubishi ...

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