Way back in 2004, Volkswagen took umbrage with Suzuki being granted permission to use the nameplate "SWIFT GTi" for a performance variant of its small-car offering (2012 equivalent seen here). Now, eight years and surely some very steep legal bills later, VW has finally dropped its claim against Suzuki.

The General Court of the European Union stated, back in March of this year, that Suzuki's GTi registration could not be confused with VW's "Golf GTI." Volkswagen had appealed that ruling, though has now reportedly called off the dogs. In fact, Germany's Die Welt reports that the appeal has been dead for several weeks now.

This news comes amongst continued arbitration acrimony between the two automakers, all revolving around VW's forced divestiture of nearly 20-percent stake it purchased in Suzuki some two years ago.


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      Trace
      • 2 Years Ago
      As they both have the letter "i" in them, I am surprised Apple has not descended upon them.
      Surya De
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wish America would get these kind of cars. We need more variety than just the VW GTI.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Surya De
        Still have the Focus and Mazda3 hatches that obviously have their performance variants. While I agree more would be nice it's not like the GTI has the entire segment to itself.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Surya De
        The GTI is in a competitive market. Consider looking beyond the hatch body (which not everyone cares for, especially in the US). Ford Focus ST, Chevy Cobalt SS, Mazdaspeed3, Subaru WRX, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Dodge SRT4, etc. all have competed with the GTI in the US. None have the history of the GTI, but some of these cars are arguably more desirable. The GTI was literally left behind in the STI/Evo rivalry. Not even the R32 could keep up with those.
        warren,
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Surya De
        The upcoming Audi S1 would fit the bill very nicely. But, yeah, don't bother waiting for that one in North America.
          SW
          • 2 Years Ago
          @warren,
          VW makes Audi, so that would kind if defeat the purpose.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only thing that stands out is the massive headlights, just look at them! The headlights are as big the windshield! Soon Suzuki will have us driving in one big head light..
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me see its a sporty hatchback, red stitching all over the interior, twin pipes and a honeycomb grill. I think this DOES infringe on the VW GTi and the lawsuit has merits.
        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        But it doesn't have VW's hideous plaid seats nor it's embarrassingly poor reliability.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          Oh really? It's not like my family has two VWs in the driveway. One is a '76 camper and the other a 2004 TDI Jetta. I know nothing, huh? Guess which one is the better made car? The TDI engine is the only redeeming factor for a modern day VW. The rest of the car is crap compared to its rivals. Once other affordable passenger diesels are available in the US, VW is in trouble. The aircooled days are when VW was a leader. Now, they have cheapened their already low-quality vehicles. The Suzukis I've owned have embarrassed the VWs in my family fleet.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
          [blocked]
      Alec
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car it's self looks like a VW GTI
        Lab Rat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alec
        Not really... http://www.ausmotive.com/images/VW-Golf-GTI-generations-01.jpg
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder when VW will realize they desperately need to introduce more European models. Cause right now VW.... Yawn!!!
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW's wanted to sue Suzuki over the GTI name, but not Peugeot, with its 208 GTI? What is this?
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me, its like a squashed Kia Soul stole the headlights from an Altima.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meet the wrath of the all new Honda Odyssey GTr.
      Silentnoise713
      • 2 Years Ago
      This model Swift is the ONLY car I'd want to buy new - NOW. Coming for someone in the US who prefers used cars to avoid depreciation. I have seen this in person in Europe and it looks GREAT. Oh, and it kicks arse in the JWRC series.
      Willie
      • 2 Years Ago
      the reason suzuki has vw as a 20% partner was to share there all there tech, vw then decided not to share much but they also decided they dont need to sell back the 20 percent to suzuki.
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