• Sep 20, 2009
The rumors keep coming. Just last month, we reported that Volkswagen AG was interested in a small slice of Suzuki Motors. Now, the German industry publication Automobilwoche is reiterating the same news. Apparently, a Suzuki executive at the Frankfurt Motor Show mentioned that an agreement between the two automakers would be in place by the end of the year. "For Suzuki and VW this connection would be a win-win situation. Suzuki would have access to a variety of VW's technology, while Volkswagen would have a solid supporting leg in India and Southeast Asia," the unnamed source said.
Neither party has any official word on the matter. However, last Monday Martin Winterkorn, VW's Chief Executive, said the product portfolio of the Japanese automaker would fit well with his company. Thanks for the tip, James!

[Source: Reuters]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope this gets VW back to a "people's car" rather than the "people's fake Audi" mentality that they seem to have taken the last several years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well you can't ever have enough brands, right Herr Piech?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Done deal for sure. The last area where VW Group does not have a strong presence.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose it's good.. but somehow it annoys me.

      I had an old Skoda back in the day, drove like crap, but like .. skoda.
      The new fabia drives like a polo ..

      Had an ibiza too back int he day .. had caracter.
      the new one drives like a polo ..

      soon everything will feel like driving a polo hehe
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope VW start making more reliable cars and Suzuki start making larger models what are more upmarket.
        • 5 Years Ago
        don't worry , VW makes reliable cars, only not for the US , some things have to be sacrificed in order to make some profit with the Dollar so weak compared to the Euro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the new Kizashi TDI
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nooo, I don't want Suzuki to become VW's "bit@h", I like the Suzis, get you dirty hands off the Suzuki VW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't GM own some part of Suzuki or did they get rid of that stock?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that Maruti-Suzuki has the most market share in India, and is doing quite well in other emerging markets, this is a good move for VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear Automotive Press:

      I am hereby copyrighting the terms "Volkzuki" and "Suzwagen". Feel free to use them, however I would like full credit any time they are used.

      Sincerely,

      thewevel
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or else he will Suz Volks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'd like to see Suzuki carry the torch of the stalled VW GX3 concept...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am afraid Volkswagon might be the new GM.

      Consolidating brands works well (Toyota and Honda are good examples).

      However, if you want to enter a new market, then partnering with someone who already has a strong presence is probably a good idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah. This honestly makes more sense than practically any other partnership in recent memory. VW and Suzuki aren't big sellers in the U.S., sure, but this could gonna give them a huuuuge presence on practically every continent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe a VW GSX-R 1000?
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