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.
Assuming that the news is accurate, it will cost VW
roughly $2.8 billion (250 billion yen) to purchase a fifth of Suzuki. Anonymous sources (aren't they all these days) suggest that the German automaker's share in Suzuki could easily rise to a controlling thirty-percent-plus stake.