The partnership beween Volkswagen and Suzuki is more than two years old, yet in that time, more acrimony and court proceedings have been created than jointly developed products – not hard to do when that product number is zero. Continent-crossing accusations have included Suzuki being upset at how VW has characterized the relationship and that VW hasn't shared its technology, while the German automaker has been miffed at Suzuki buying diesel engines from Fiat.

Suzuki filed for arbitration in London and hopes to compel VW to sell back the 19.9-percent stake it took in Suzuki in 2009. A line in VW's annual report, however, reads that it "considers the claims to be unfounded and has itself filed counterclaims." VW doesn't expect a court decision on Suzuki's arbitration to come before 2013. We know they say it's always darkest before the dawn, but we have a feeling the sun won't be rising on this union for quite some time.


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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Germans don't exactly have a stellar reputation for sharing, bilateral cooperation or generally playing well with others, so this is no surprise.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Really? REALLY? Gee, you must be basing your silly comment on the DaimlerChrysler story. Look elsewhere to see what Volkswagen has done with brands like Seat, Skoda, Bentley and Lamborghini or what BMW has done with MINI and Rolls Royce. Last time I checked VW and BMW were German.
          Isaac
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          You do realize that VW OWNS the four brands you mentioned, and that BMW OWNS the two you also mentioned. I hardly consider takeover/buyouts "bilateral cooperation... with others." That's like applauding how well WWII Germany worked with Poland!
          quuppa70
          • 2 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          Volkswagen has made those also as Volkswagen.. Lamborghini is also half Volkswagen nowadays..so basically rebadgin cars..pity thas evey car brand is soon Volkswagen
      • 2 Years Ago
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        SpeedR
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why wouldn't Suzuki be around that long? You do realise that Suzuki is one of the 10 largest automobile manufacturors in the world right? They are also one of the only auto companies world wide to remain profitable year after year for the past 40 years running. Suzuki has a small footprint in the U.S. but in many other countries Suzuki is either #1 or near the top.
      vonFarhad
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW has money, pay Suzuki some billions and all is fine!