You know the script – you meet somebody new and all cylinders seem to be firing in perfect harmony. You decide to see more of each other, consider moving your relationship to the so-called next level. You exchange keys. And that's when things start to go sour.

The symbolic exchanging of keys between Volkswagen and Suzuki took place back in December of 2009, and the souring has been taking place ever since. Considering that VW purchased 20 percent of Suzuki as part of the deal, you might think that calling Suzuki an "associate" and stating that it has the power to "significantly influence financial and operating policy decisions" of the Japanese automaker would be pretty darn factual. Suzuki saw things otherwise.

The signs of a growing conflict showed up shortly after hands were first shaken. More recently, Suzuki has expressed more and more discontent with its partnership, even going so far as to make a deal with Fiat for diesel engines instead of seeking them from Volkswagen, itself a leader in modern diesel technology, and CEO Osamu Suzuki claimed VW had no technologies his company was interested in acquiring.

A report from Bloomberg indicates that the two automakers are now not even speaking to one another, though both companies claim they want to extend an olive branch and take another look at the partnership. Seems they just want the other one to make the first move, eh?


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      Não Pirilamparás
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, Mr. Korzeniewski, the deal with Fiat happened before the one with Volkswagen, not to mention Fiat is more of a leader in small Diesel engines (which is what Suzuki wanted) than VW.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW should just sell their ownership in Suzuki to Fiat. :P
      imoore
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something told me this union wouldn't last long.
      sammyramzy
      • 3 Years Ago
      "CEO Osamu Suzuki claimed VW had no technologies his company was interested in acquiring" = you had a small !@#$ anyway, nothing that could bring me pleasure, hahaha! I'm sorry, I've been having a bad day at work, I need something to laugh at, hehehe!
        airchompers
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sammyramzy
        You wouldn't know it as an American car enthusiast, but Suzuki is the state of the art in motorcycles and small cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        VWAG. That sounds kind of wierd and perverted. Was Volkswagen even thinking when they renamed the holding company? I'm gonna use that phrase every time VW does somethng stupid.
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