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UPDATE 1-Navistar rejects Traton's buyout offer, calls it starting point

(Updates to add Navistar’s reason for rejection)

Sept 14 (Reuters) - Navistar International Corp on Monday rejected Volkswagen truck unit Traton’s buyout offer of $43 per share, but said it was a starting point for exploring a possible transaction.

The German automaker has raised its $35 per share January offer as it looks to increase its 16.6% stake in the U.S. truck maker Navistar acquired in 2016. Analysts at Jefferies have said Navistar is worth at least $45 a share.

The company said Traton’s proposal significantly undervalues it.

The truck sector faces pressure to consolidate and share the costs of developing low-emission technologies. Traton and Navistar have been collaborating on purchasing and developing electric vehicle technology. (Reporting by Rachit Vats in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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