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#145 of 204 Re: steve... [iluvmysephia1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 03, 2011 (4:54 am)
I like to read 'em before I buy them. You can find interesting tidbits in them. Like, while it's not a deal killer, those short 5,000 mile oil change intervals (like on Toyotas) give me pause. Honda is up to 10,000 miles (where most everyone else should be).
Jun 03, 2011 (7:55 pm)
Honda is up to 10,000 miles (where most everyone else should be).
Bingo. Right now it's been about 6,400 miles since last earl change and I'm gonna wait this one out until around 7,500 miles this time, like Mitsubishi warrants doing it to keep our 10 year and 100,000 mile Warranty's alive and well and kicking.
I'm not kidding. Well, maybe just a little. I'm...not.
#147 of 204 VW and Suzuki on the skids
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 11, 2011 (2:09 pm)
"A troubled partnership of Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp. appeared on the verge of collapse after the German company said its Japanese partner violated their agreement by agreeing to buy diesel engines from another car maker."
VW-Suzuki Partnership Nears Collapse (WSJ)
I don't even remember their being a partnership.
#148 of 204 Re: VW and Suzuki on the skids [steve_]
Sep 11, 2011 (3:11 pm)
Sep 11, 2011 (7:49 pm)
were going to collaborate on small cars and/or all-electrics. I did read of this partnership (it hasn't been for very long, AFAIK) but always questioned it. I questioned it because they're very peculiar bedfellows, one a smaller Japanese automaker much more known for their motorcycles and marine products, and the other a large German automaker, one that is fairly financially secure and actually shooting for #1 in the world automaker by the year 2018. It just always seemed to me to be an odd-man out relationship for Suzuki and one that they would be taken advantage of in.
I am glad to see this one dissolve, the automaker I actually admire the most out of these two is definitely Suzuki, mostly because of their midsize Kizashi sedan. Unless VW builds the 2014 Bulli minibus revival story I don't see anything on their current or future production lines that I am even remotely interested in. The Suzuki Kizashi, OTOH, I have actually test-driven and went in to negotiations to buy one. Those negotiations went sour and, looking back, I'm glad they did. But the Kizashi remains a midsize favorite of mine and one that one day I may look in to once again for purchase, I like the car so much.
#150 of 204 Re: VW and Suzuki... [iluvmysephia1]
Sep 12, 2011 (2:29 am)
I read some time ago, vokswagon wanted to have Suzuki build small cars for them on certain overseas markets...........anyway, I am not a VW fan, and nothing has come from the merger thus far that I have seen, so maybe a split will happen between the two. I like Suzuki automobiles. I like thier engines, and think the SX4 is a neat looking car. I wish Suzuki would pump the money into advertising and really getting their name ot there. If those people at Kia can do it, Suzuki can do it as well.
Sep 13, 2011 (6:56 am)
Suzuki is not sinking financially, as the word sort of loosely flows from Edmunds' readers lips, and fingers. They alone are the Japanese kei-car-Kings. And they do build a mean small car. Kia has Peter Schreyer from Audi as their design King, and so they will because of that relationship continue to sell more and more cars and SUV's. Kia is improving so fast now that it makes my car nut head spin so fast I feel like I'm ducking from a Randy Johnson fastball.
Still, Suzuki is alive and well, but, you're right, in the USA they need to really step it up. Their lack of advertising has made them look bush-league to people here, and I know that that's not a correct image of their cars. The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi I test drove was a bonafide all-star to look at and to drive.
#153 of 204 There arenít many companies like Suzuki around anymore, as VW is learning.
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 18, 2011 (1:49 pm)
"A year after VWís investment (Suzuki at the same time spent $1.1 billion to buy 2.5 percent of Volkswagen), Ferdinand Piech, chairman of VWís management board, expressed displeasure that little of tangible value had yet come of the relationship. Tense words about the alliance came from both parties.
By this summer, the companiesí differences were expressed by Suzuki president Osamu Suzuki, who publicly bristled when VW management implied it could impose its will on the automaker. The 80-year-old Suzuki also wrote a blog that said in no uncertain terms his company had no intention in becoming subservient to VW."
Suzuki As Independent As Ever, VW Discovering (AutoObserver)
#154 of 204 Good for Suzuki
Oct 19, 2011 (3:21 pm)
Good for them, screw VW, I never liked one automobile they produced.