Volkswagen and Suzuki may be headed back to the drawing board to re-outline the nature of the two automakers' partnership. Both companies have expressed their frustrations with the way that the German manufacturer's 20-percent stake in its Japanese associate has worked out thus far, with VW taking to the press to say that Suzuki isn't willing to reciprocate technology and Suzuki claiming that Volkswagen is attempting to poach its autonomy. So far, the partnership has sounded like a match made in divorce court, but Reuters reports that Volkswagen has made it clear that it has no intention of removing decision-making responsibilities from Suzuki.

Even so, the media has been rife with word that VW does, in fact, have plans for consolidation. Executives from Suzuki have said that when the two automakers entered into the partnership, it was understood that both would remain independent entities. Now Suzuki feels the need to "return to the starting point," including reexamining the ownership ratio between the two companies.


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      Austin Mason
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmm....germans moving in and taking over...sounds familar
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should just increase their partnership with Nissan. Between Nissan and Renault, there must be some engine technology they could use.
      Diggz
      • 3 Years Ago
      hmmmmmm im think'n that Suzuki is the "woman" in the relationship!!
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki is as good as toast. VW will gobble them up if they see that there is an advantage to owning them outright.
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I`m almost certain the Japanese government has laws in place to protect the industry of Japan. I think Ford was only allowed to own a certain percentage of Mazda when they were together. Other countrys don`t piss away their assets as we Americans do.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          Good point. That might also explain why Toyota only owns about 15% of FHI.
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @whofan
          thats wrong... Nissan is owned under japanese law completely by Renault... they own 44.4% stocks and pumped over $3 billion cash into Nissan in the late 90´s... thats enough to own a company even under japanese law.. calling it a allianz is a cosmetic trick nothing more or less..
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Poor Suzuki is getting that brain freeze suffered by Chrysler at the hands of Diamler. Ice Cream good me eat too fast.
      Draw007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure what the attraction was in the first place. Suzuki's placed one respectable, albeit, slow selling vehicle as of late. Maybe for automobiles they should offer an alternative brand name (or not). Just because Honda did it, doesn't mean I'm making an immediate charge to the Kawasaki dealership for my next car. VW: Core principals.
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Draw007
        Clearly you don't understand that the world isn't just America. Suzuki has a decent share of the 2nd and even 3rd world car market which are the markets growing at a faster pace than that of the USDM.
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki managment is completely stupid... They claim VW is planing to to poach Suzuki autonomy because of the way VW publish the 20% ownership of Suzuki in their latest balance sheet... Dear dump Suzuki managment board.. Befor you get into a partnership with a other company from the other side of the world imform yourself about the current bussiness laws under which your patner is running. VW wrote the ownership of the 20% vote right Suzuki stocks the way in the blanace sheet exactly German bussiness law orders companys to do it. Thats no try to poach its autonomy... VW is realy pissed off by that stupid Suzuki managment board and the way they act in public not talking with VW to clear things up befor making big noise about mothing. VW has no interest in owning Suzuki their idea behind the partnership was access to Suzukis micro car experience and thier present on the indian market ... in return VW allowed Suzuki access to their giant engine lineup and to cut cost in codevelopment of platforms... (befor anymone claims unrelibale ****.. even Mitusbishi gets engines from VW!) but Suzuki only had their independent in mind from first day and blocked everything they wanted to do... If you don´t want a partnership don´t start it in first place!
        dowens1617
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Georg
        Hey Georg, before you post comments use spell check or learn how to spell. And stop being a VW tool.