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According to Mibz.com, the Suzuki SX4 won't be pimped to just Fiat anymore (see: Sedici), Volkswagen is getting in on the act. Going after the small end of the market, VW is reportedly set to take advantage of its new 19.9 percent share of Suzuki and swiping the lovable little SX4 as the basis of a new model tentatively dubbed Rocktan.

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According to Mibz.com, the Suzuki SX4 won't be pimped to just Fiat anymore (see: Sedici), Volkswagen is getting in on the act. Going after the small end of the market, VW is reportedly set to take advantage of its new 19.9 percent share of Suzuki and swiping the lovable little SX4 as the basis of a new model tentatively dubbed Rocktan.

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Nissan got turned out of the Chrysler house after Fiat bought the Pentastar, which ended Nissan's hopes for a jointly developed replacement for the Nissan Titan. while it's busy doing the O Solo Mio routine on the coming 2014 Titan, another potential blow to the Japanese brand is coming at the other end of the market: superminis.

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As you can see from the image above depicting Osamu Suzuki, chairman and CEO of Suzuki Motor Corp. and Martin Winterkorn, his counterpart at Volkswagen AG, the two auto companies have agreed to link arms. Volkswagen has properly announced that it has "reached a common understanding to establish a close longterm strategic partnership" with Suzuki Motor Corporation. The union means VW will buy 19.9% of Suzuki, then Suzuki will spend half the money they just received from Volkswagen reciprocating b

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Where there's smoke, there's fire. Though Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki would beg to differ, it seems that the old saying has once again been proven prescient. After a ton of rumor, innuendo and speculation on the matter along with the subsequent denials, a fresh report from Reuters indicates that Volkswagen is indeed on the verge of announcing that it's procuring a 20% stake in Suzuki.

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Where there's smoke, there's fire. Though Suzuki CEO Osamu Suzuki would beg to differ, it seems that the old saying has once again been proven accurate. After a ton of rumor, innuendo and speculation on the matter – along with the subsequent denials – a report from Reuters indicates that Volkswagen is indeed on the verge of announcing that it's procuring a 20 percent stake in Suzuki.

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According to the Nikkei in Japan and the Financial Times in the UK (via TTAC, which kindly assembled all the info in one place), Suzuki looks ripe for a takeover. Though the automaker is a serious player in its home market of Japan and in the burgeoning Indian market, its 2.36 million cars per year isn't enough to compete with larger competitors on a global scale.

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Ducati 1098R - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Suzuki Alto Lapin - Click above for high-res gallery

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Suzuki Alto Lapin - Click above for high-res gallery

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Suzuki Alto Lapin - Click above for high-res gallery

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