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Old 24th August 2009, 14:35   #1
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Ferdinand Piech is plotting the next stage in his long-term goal of making Volkswagen the world's biggest automotive group. This time it appears he has Suzuki in his sights.
VW's latest acquisition, Porsche, which sells around 100,000 cars a year, won't help Piech achieve his ambition of overtaking Toyota as the world's No. 1 automaker but a tie-up with Suzuki could give VW a big boost, especially in India where Suzuki is the top-selling carmaker with about 50 percent of the new-car market.
Suzuki's Chairman Osamu Suzuki denies that his company has talked with the German carmaker about VW taking a stake in the Japanese carmaker.
But Piech is doing what he has always done throughout his 46-year automotive career: spreading hints and rumors that confuse, baffle and weaken his intended target.
In May, Piech told German journalists at the launch of the new Polo in Sardinia that he was eyeing three more brands for the VW group after Porsche. Asked if one of these was Suzuki, he said only that he has great respect for the company, which, like Piech, has a reputation for technical expertise.
Last week, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn told a Germany's Manager Magazin that Suzuki would be an interesting partner for VW because of its competency in small cars.
German press reports say VW could take a 10 percent in Suzuki as the first step toward a full takeover.
Manager Magazin also said that Renault is in talks with Suzuki.
So is Piech about to get into a fight with another auto industry giant, Carlos Ghosn?
Don't rule it out. Piech, who is 72, shows no signs of retiring, or resting on his laurels after his successful addition of Porsche as VW group's 10 brand.

More : Piech lines up Suzuki as his next target - Automotive News
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personally I dont find them to be a good fit. VW has far too many brands to concentrate on. Either they should stop some of them before thinking about Suzuki or not think about Suzuki at all.
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Think of the culture clash
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And I like your Sig too. It's apt here.
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Default 2.5 lakh VW - Suzuki Car ?

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Volkswagen Suzuki small car to replace Maruti Alto in India, price Rs 2.5 l | DWS Auto India

guys find this interesting article which says a new hatch back will be on the market :

Volkswagen-Suzuki small car for India to replace Maruti Alto, to be priced Rs 2.5 lakh

Friday, December 11, 2009, 14:20
So finally we have the answer to what Maruti Suzuki would replace its Alto small car with – a new small car, priced at Rs 2.5 lakh (5200 $) jointly built by both Volkswagen and Suzuki.

Nandini Sen Gupta writes in the Economic Times that acording to Maruti Suzuki chairman RC Bhargava, once it is time to phase out the Alto, the company could not leave the entry level segment of Rs 2.5 lakh cars open. A new small car from VW and Suzuki would be built to replace the Alto.

Alto, Suzuki's most popular small car in India

The news comes immediately after the announcement of Volkswagen picking up a 19.9 per cent stake in Suzuki.
The new small car from Volkswagen and Suzuki would also be sold in the global market – especially Europe – and it would be cheaper that the cheapest car from Volkswagen so far, the VW Up! Meanwhile, the Up! is also considered for an India launch.
The interesting thing to note is that this new small car is not going to be competing against the Tata Nano, India’s cheapest small car, from Tata Motors.
Neither Maruti Suzuki, nor Volkswagen has said anything about when the new small would be launched. All we have for now is the expected price. Our guess is that a 2011 launch is most likely for this car.
Both the companies are expected to work jointly on small cars and electric cars. Half the amount Suzuki has received from Volkswagen would be invested back by Suzuki into Volkswagen shares – that is a clear declaration of intent to work together.
Volkswagen is currently the top car manufacturer in Europe, and a strong entry into the small car market in Asia would help it dethrone Toyota as the world’s largest auto manufacturer.
The European car major is close to introducing its small car Volkswagen Polo in India, possibly unveiling it at the upcoming 2010 Auto Expo at New Delhi, starting on January 5 next year. Commercial production of the Polo has already started at Chakan plant in Pune. Pre-series production of the VW Polo started in April 2009. The 2010 Auto Expo is likely to see both hatchback and sedan versions of the car, with a 1.2 liter petrol version a definite possibility. The company has not said anything about the price of the Polo in India, but rumours are that the price would be a shocker. We expect a price of around Rs 4 lakh for the base version of the Polo when it is launched in India.
Now that Volkswagen and Suzuki have announced their intention to launch a small car in India, it looks like the Indian automobile market is going to boom in 2010 and 2011, with a number of small cars being announced by pretty much every automobile manufacturer to capitalise on the second fastest growing car market in the world.
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put it this way - if this alliance happens - then Suzuki's phenomenal reach in India + Volkswagen's solid build quality will benefit the Indian consumer. On Engine expertise I am sure Suzuki will use its own excellent petrol driven engines and draw on Volks for the diesels!
looks pretty much a win-win from the consumer's point of view anyway!
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put it this way - if this alliance happens - then Suzuki's phenomenal reach in India + Volkswagen's solid build quality will benefit the Indian consumer. On Engine expertise I am sure Suzuki will use its own excellent petrol driven engines and draw on Volks for the diesels!
looks pretty much a win-win from the consumer's point of view anyway!
true. currently the problem that is plaguing the German car makers is the cost of spares and limited dealerships.

With this they will wipe that problem...yes as your rightfully said its a win win for all parties and even the consumer.

imagine this is happening just before the launch of the Polo. These guys are covering every angle this time.

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