• Jan 18, 2010
According to Reuters, Suzuki plans on ending joint development programs with General Motors next month - the two had been partnering on innovative hybrid and fuel-cell technologies. The news follows on the heels of last month's announcement that that Suzuki and Volkswagen had tied the knot (as part of that agreement, VW bought 19.9 percent of Suzuki and effectively became the automakers biggest shareholder - a position formerly held by GM). As the theory goes, it soon become clear that working with GM was no longer necessary. According to the report,
"Suzuki is in a comprehensive alliance with Volkswagen. In every field including hybrid, diesel and electric cars, we will carry out joint development with them, or we will learn from them," Osamu Suzuki, chairman and chief executive, said at the briefing in Hamamatsu, central Japan.
The new relationship with VW will also affect Suzuki's association with PSA Peugeot-Citroën and Renault SA, automakers currently supplying diesel engines to Suzuki. After all, VW brings extensive diesel engine technology to the table - making those relationships equally as moot.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to see Suzuki finally stepping away from GM. With GM's Korean division GM DAT, GM has no use for Suzuki, and likewise, with VW now holding a large stake in Suzuki they have a real chance of becoming a relevant automaker in North America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We already have too many automakers in North America. Why does Suzuki need to become relevant here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Severing their ties with GM and focusing on technology sharing with Volkswagen is going to be great. Imagine how great it would be if Suzuki finally brought the Samurai/Jimny back to the U.S. market, equipped with VW's awesome 2.0 turbodiesel! That engine and chassis are a match made in heaven. Suzuki would have another hit on their hands just like in the 80's - as long as they didn't screw it up by giving it independent suspension and removing its gear-driven low-range transfer case.

      With a modern Samurai on the market equipped with the world's best turbodiesel, would Jeep ever sell another Wrangler? Not likely...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current 1999-present "new model" Jimny looks hardly at all like the 1982-present "old model" Jimny/Samurai, but we're talking about a new future model here. Who knows how the styling would evolve?

        I was obviously exaggerating about the Jeep's potential sales numbers, but there shouldn't be doubt in anyone's mind that a new Samurai would steal a huge percentage of the Wrangler's sales - especially if it was available with a great Volkswagen turbodiesel. Americans have been begging Jeep to offer the 2.8-liter VM Motori turbodiesel in the Wrangler for years, but Chrysler has so far refused to offer anything but the piece-of-junk minivan 3.8-liter gas hog V6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      read from http://suzukifan.com/2010/01/20/suzuki-diesels-engine-list-where-are-they-from-first-suzuki-own-diesel-is-in-develope/

      that First Suzuki own Diesel is in develope by Suzuki japanese team of engineer in Japan
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is good....GM only tarnishes your name.... suzuki is a great lil company
        • 4 Years Ago
        Huh? 'zuki can't sell cars in the US to save their life.

        That's why they're now owned by VW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good move, GM is well behind in that technology and Suzuki has gained very little in its paternship with GM.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh good god don't even try to fool yourself. Suzuki would have ceased to exist without General Motors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ?? Suzku/Isuzu alliance with GM that was signed in 1981? did very little to benefit the company and have no idea what do you mean by it helped save it? The patersnership was supposed to improve Suzuki's presence in Western nations. Compared with that the best partnership Suzuki has made was its investment in Maruti motors in India.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Suzuki's weekest point is big & diesel cars.

      First they don't have their own diesels(all engines are peguot or fiat sourced), second they dont have any car orignally designed bigger than the GV(escudo) and now the Kizashi(which is their own design). They are primarily a small car maker that their new european(and the old american) owner is not.

      Even Suzuki's own petrols are fairly simple, works in price sensitive countries like India. Sadly VW too is bad at making good petrols.

      With this alliance Suzuki might find better success in the European market. And VW might get access to many things Suzuki owns in India through Maruti(mostly owned by Suzuki).

      About diesel growing, I think this decade things will change. Diesel economy itself is not very sustainable and the gains are overstated. People in India buy diesels because here diesel fuel is having far less taxes(Rs. 35/litre of diesel Vs Rs 53/litre of petrol). But even here small diesels dont really pay off, unless you drive a lot. Petrols out sell diesel models in newer models. Big cars are of another matter all together. It will change all together if the Indian government finds a way to subsidize fuel for transportation companies, farmers and few other niches, which will happen with UID cards on issue.

      BTW I own a small diesel(Ritz aka Splash), made by Suzuki.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea i hope GM rips away all thier pathetic rebadge models. If you havent notices almost every suzuki apears to be GM rebadges. That Kyszatchi what the hell every thing looks like a Saturn Aurua/G6 skin with different bumpers, that XL7 thing looks lieka saturn Vue Chassis. They make un competitve pathetic cars, i cant see how anybody is saying GM is behind, when Suzuki cant even make decent rebadges of GM cars how are they gonna go on thier own. Screw em, GMs better off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are a nincompoop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Suzuki. it's about time that they break away from the clutches of GM. Now I hope to see better looking and quality vehicles from Suzuki.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fail to see how Suzuki's presence in the U.S. will improve with the VW intevention. If anything the new Kizashi is a direct competitor to the Jetta.
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