Suzuki is turning to legal arbiters in the UK in an attempt to force Volkswagen to return its 19.9-percent stake in the Japanese automaker, according to Automotive News Europe. VW purchased the sizable slice of Suzuki in 2009 for around $2.1 billion when the two embarked on a corporate partnership together, but the relationship soon hit trouble. Suzuki accused Volkswagen of failing to deliver on promises of shared technology, while the German manufacturer reportedly took issue with Suzuki opting to source a small-displacement engine from rival Fiat. The two former partners have delighted in taking pot shots at one another ever since.

Suzuki has offered to buy back its shares from Volkswagen at market prices, which values them at around $2.5 billion. The ICC International Court of Arbitration in London will handle the proceedings. Automotive News Europe reports international companies often turn to the court to settle differences due to the fact that the proceedings are typically private and the decisions respected.


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      Dayv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was going to spew a bunch of anti-German sentiment, stereotypes, and hurt feelings about a war that happened 70 years ago, but it looks like everyone else has that covered.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dayv
        Yep, it needs to be said to counter the shills and boot lickers on here that think they can do no wrong. The German car lovers stereotype the most......
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ask Chrysler about what scumbags German auto execs are. They looted Chrysler and left them for dead.
        MyerShift
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        So true! Not sure why you are being down voted...
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @MyerShift
          because this board is filled with boobs and shills that think that Europe and Germany can do nothing wrong. They close their eyes to the truth because they have had so much mis information shoved down there collective gullets.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Okay, would someone please explain to me why would any car company get into bed with any of the German auto makers? If any of the Germans have any ground-breaking technology, you know that thy are not about to share it with anyone. They are by nature just takers. No need to get into the Daimler-Chrysler debacle again. BMW bought Ranger Rover and pilfered all the off-road technology they could get their hands on. Once they got the X5 out on the market, they sold RR off real cheap. Now this crap. Can't wait to see what comes of the Tesla/Mercedes Benz alliance.
      sma3730
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical German "cooperation"!!
      cxv
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is a bully.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ask the Russians how well the Germans work with others
      Silentnoise713
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suzuki - what you could have been but isn't. (Esteem in the family and REALLY like the Swift) Hold your ground and rid yourself of VW. Best thing is to get out of US for a while and focus on regions where you are successful. Can always come back -ask Fiat. I think Subaru would be a better partner - alliance. Btw, anyone else feel the 'S' emblem is terrible (too ethnic maybe?) and turns a lot of people away.?.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Silentnoise713
        Too ethnic? Be more racist, please.
      AGSHOP
      • 2 Years Ago
      Suzuki still exists???? wth didn't know!
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        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        Spam should get the death penalty or castration.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      Poor Suzuki just doesn't have a good record with partners. GM pushed it's sucky Daewoo's off on them and now VW does them wrong...SMH
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