There seems to be a bit of a domestic disturbance between Suzuki and Volkswagen. According to The Truth About Cars, VW is a bit upset that the corporate tie-up between the two automakers hasn't borne more fruit. If you believe the whispers sneaking around the web right now, the German company even went so far as to leak its frustrations to the German press, saying that partnership is "a big disappointment" and that Suzuki expects full access to VW tech without having to reciprocate. Suzuki, meanwhile, says that's not the case.

Osamu Suzuki himself took to his company's blog to say that the two automakers entered into the agreement as equal partners, and that Volkswagen has no say over how Suzuki conducts its business. What's more, the engineers at the Japanese company didn't find any Volkswagen tech worth borrowing, and that if it decides it needs any assistance, it will look toward other manufacturers.

Aw snap.

Even so, Suzuki said that both companies are continuing dialogues to discover ways to work together in the future, which means we can still hold out hope for a TDI GSXR.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM was here with Subaru, Isuzu and Suzuki. I wonder why ze Germans thought that this time it would be different.
      Bentot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well said, Osamu-san. I hope you would extend your independence (and to your heir apparent, eldest son *Toshihiro) running things in Suzuki by reconsidering bringing the US-spec ready New Swift to America..and don't let VW stop you by it's "conflict-of-interest" with their planned VW Polo for these US shores. * http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20110402D01JFN03.htm
      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW should continue to buy companies instead of making cooperations.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the top brass egos are the main reason we don't get better cars... VW seriously needs some better electrical components, and Suzuki's components simply don't die. Too bad really. I'd love to own a GTi with reliable ancillary systems.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      You tell them pushy arrogant Germans, Suzuki!
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      What tech does VW really have anyway? Most of their tech comes from Bosch or Borg-Warner, and Suzuki could have bought the same parts without a tie-up.
      Temple
      • 3 Years Ago
      As Daimler-Chrysler has shown, the Germans can be great "equal" partners.......
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      "According to The Truth About Cars" My cue to stop reading
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      It sounds like the case of stubborn nationalists. "Your ideas don't matter because you're not from my country" It sounds like Suzuki's doing one of those "it's not from Japan so it doesn't matter" game
      car-spy-shots.blogsp
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki can get back to me once they decide to put turbocharged Busa engines into the Kizashi and SX4. Until then, who's Suzuki?
      • 3 Years Ago
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