After two years, Suzuki has finally moved to sever its partnership with Volkswagen. The Japanese automaker claims that Volkswagen has blocked the company's attempts to access core technology as part of the original agreement, and that the two had issues seeing eye to eye on Suzuki independence. Suzuki also claims that Volkswagen has refused to resolve these issues through negotiation.

Volkswagen, meanwhile, hasn't commented on the situation. This move is just the latest in the long-running drama between the two automakers. Just last month, Suzuki filed a notice of breach urging Volkswagen to take remedial action in order to be within the bounds of the original agreement. Volkswagen has been characteristically tight-lipped about whatever turmoil has brewed between the two companies, preferring to reiterate that it is committed to the union.

As part of the announcement, Suzuki said that it seeks the return of the 19.89 percent stake that Volkswagen currently owns in the Japanese automaker through arbitration. Volkswagen purchased the shares for $2.5 billion in 2009.


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      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dig the Kizashi. There I said it!
      theblackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember when Suzuki collaborated with GM? That is when Mr. Suzuki said "GM is a huge shark. Meanwhile, Suzuki is a small mosquito rather than a tiny guppy. A guppy may get eaten by a huge shark, but a mosquito can soar above it whenever something goes wrong, and fly away." This is exactly the right time to apply this quote.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "Axis of Economy" is no more...
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki is a buch of loosers... extrem amateurish to fight talk in public.. some weeks ago they claimed VW has no thechnology they want.. now they claim VW block their access to the technology.. Suzuki = amateur shi tt alker
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Suzuki. Now if only Nissan would smarten up and cut off ties with Mercedes.
        Jan Calloway
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        nissan has it major ties with renault. with mercedes some of their cars are built in the same factories, but thats the only tie
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Suzuki is better off with Fiat as a partner!
      cobra1676
      • 3 Years Ago
      We just bought a Kizashi over a Jetta....... MUCH nicer car!!!!!!!
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cobra1676
        Good buy Cobra, nice to see someone bought one....good car.
        TBN27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cobra1676
        Agreed. It is really nice. I just didn't get into one because limited budget and cvt transmission
      Jason Allen
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does it seem Suzuki is acting way too butt sore about the 'associate' comment VW made in it's report. Suzuki also seems a bit juvenile in it's very, um, Japanesse stick-in-the-mud attitude. We don't know the particulars and VW is probably not blameless but I see VW holding most of the cards. Suzuki seems rattled and way too pissed off to be making rational decisions. VW wins even if it does nothing. Maybe the world should be happy the Japanese and Germans don't get together completely or see eye-to-eye. Can someone say take over the world?!?!
      Georg
      • 3 Years Ago
      best would be VW buys the remaining 80% and fire the incompetent Suzuki managment ...
      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      just give it back and buy alfa!
      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Suzuki.. Cut off your ties with VW before they, 'Daimlerize' you..
      XJ Yamaha
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've met one person that has ever actually owned a new Suzuki. Otherwise i've seen a limited number of used, older models. Where does this company even fit within the U.S. market? I don't think it'd be all that big of a loss if they quit importing, but that's an estimate from my limited knowledge, maybe i'm wrong about them....
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @XJ Yamaha
        OMG your account name is both awesome and scary! I own an XJ and a Road Warrior!
          XJ Yamaha
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Xedicon
          Completely restored an 81' XJ650, great starter bike, had it for about 5 years now. Hoping to upgrade to a VMAX eventually. Time will tell...
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