Suzuki Denies Renewed Talks With VW

TTAC Staff
by TTAC Staff
suzuki denies renewed talks with vw

Not so fast…again

Though recent reports claim that VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and Suzuki President Osamu Suzuki are involved in board level talks to resolve the differences in their on again off again relationship, at a news conference for quarterly earnings, Suzuki Executive Vice President Toshihiro Suzuki denied any such talks have taken place. According to Reuters, Suzuki claimed that “There have been various reports, but there absolutely are no such facts, so there is nothing I can talk about on this topic.”

In 2009 VW paid $2.3 billion for a 20% stake in Suzuki. VW wanted access to India, where Suzuki is the market leader and Suzuki wanted access to VW’s fuel saving tech. The VW said Suzuki broke the contract by trying to buy diesel engines from Fiat. In return, Suzuki said VW had withheld hybrid technology covered in the agreement. Suzuki then filed for international arbitration in 2011 after the German automaker refused to sell back its shares in Suzuki.

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  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Aug 02, 2013

    perfect caption for the picture: "You dance divinely, very light on your feet for a German."

    • Summicron Summicron on Aug 02, 2013

      That's not dancing; that's leading a blind guy. Damn plundering Germans stole his eyeballs.

  • Redliner Redliner on Aug 02, 2013

    VW to Suzuki: Zu vill take it up ze spincter, and zu vill lik it too! This is what happens when you play with kids who are bigger and older than you. Japaneses Suzuki never stood a change against the efficiency and might of VWs German (because we all know German efficiency is the best kind) money printing machine.

  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Aug 02, 2013

    All VW has is 20% of the stock in Suzuki. If Osamu doesn't want to cooperate, how you gonna stop him?

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Aug 03, 2013

    If they come to California they can marry now.