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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.
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    • 4.6 • 11.9K Ratings

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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.
New episodes come out Wednesdays for free. Binge new full seasons early and ad-free, plus get exclusive past seasons, with Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Toyota vs Honda | Out of the Wreckage

    Toyota vs Honda | Out of the Wreckage

    It’s 1945. Japan lies in ruins in the aftermath of World War II. The population’s starving, the cities are reduced to rubble, and the nation’s defeated. But from the war-torn wreckage, two motor giants are about to rise.




    The first is Toyota. It’s the brainchild of Kiichiro Toyoda, the big-dreaming son of a wealthy industrialist who wants to create Japan’s answer to Ford.




    But the other contender must travel a harder road. Its founder Soichiro Honda is a poor boy from the sticks and his only resource is his own ingenuity. So he’s starting on two – not four – wheels.

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    • 39 min
    Toyota vs Honda | Motor City Massacre

    Toyota vs Honda | Motor City Massacre

    It’s the 1960s and Honda’s about to speed into the car market before Japan’s government can put up legal roadblocks to stop it.




    Meanwhile,Toyota’s already zooming ahead. Its latest models are about to take Japan by storm and arm it with the funds it needs to make another run at the U.S.A.




    But to break America, Toyota and Honda will need to outmanoeuvre the auto titans of Detroit.

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    • 36 min
    Toyota vs Honda | Breaking Ground

    Toyota vs Honda | Breaking Ground

    It’s the 1980s and the American backlash against the Japanese automobile invasion is growing. With a US-Japan trade war looming, Honda and Toyota need workarounds fast.




    But Honda’s no longer content just selling small cars with low profit margins. It wants a piece of Mercedes and BMW’s action too. And when Honda unveils its plans, Toyota’s going to fall behind.

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    • 37 min
    Toyota vs Honda | A Fight for the Future

    Toyota vs Honda | A Fight for the Future

    The Year 2000 is approaching and Toyota’s new boss Hiroshi Okuda’s looking to the future. After years of cautious success, he wants to be bold and take the fight to the world’s motor king, General Motors.




    And to kickstart Toyota’s new direction, he wants Toyota to deliver the world’s first gasoline-electric hybrid. But Honda’s also working on an eco-car of its own and it’s about to crash the party.

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    • 39 min
    Toyota vs Honda | New Cars on the Block

    Toyota vs Honda | New Cars on the Block

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    The car market is changing rapidly. The race for the next big all-electric vehicle is on! American automakers like Ford and GM are ramping up their EV production — but so are South Korean car brands like Hyundai and Kia. So where does that leave Toyota and Honda, who have been notoriously late to the EV party? Wall Street Journal Autos Editor Christina Rogers joins us to explore whether these powerhouse Japanese companies can defend their spot at the top, or if their American and South Korean competitors have officially knocked them off the throne.

    Taco Bell vs Chipotle | Demolition Man

    Taco Bell vs Chipotle | Demolition Man

    It's 1984 and Taco Bell CEO John Martin's looking for a fight. The PepsiCo-owned chain might be America's número uno when it comes to Mexican fast-food, but growth is tepid. So Martin's on a mission to convince a skeptical nation to put down their Big Macs and eat tacos and burritos instead.

    But even as Taco Bell goes all out to disrupt the fast-food status quo, a young chef with a burrito habit is rustling up a different business recipe that will shake fast-food to its foundations.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
11.9K Ratings

11.9K Ratings

John The Marketer ,

Interesting

This podcast tells the stories of businesses at war and is always interesting. The ads are cumbersome and frequent, but is to be expected for such a large show. I love the content and the narration of events as they happened. I have learned so much.

Nockslock3 ,

It’s fantastic

Who would have thought I had any interest in raisins, Nike, or Taylor Swift? Zero. But these podcasts made all these topics fascinating. Top notch production quality, and the voice actors bring the story to life. My new favorite podcast.

gmann750 ,

good listening, factual. just a few omissions

i only listen to the series that look interesting and i have some knowledge of or experience with (tesla vs detroit, spacex vs nasa, starbucks vs dunkin donuts, hasbro vs mattell etc). I like the story format and learn some details along the way but noted in the Tesla episode, eberhart and his partner werent solely responsible for the creation of Tesla, the work of Alan Cocconi needs to be noted. He started the tech in EV1, which GM stupidly scrapped in the 90s.

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