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#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.
Oct 20, 2011 (1:11 am)
I kind of like this concept from V-Dub-L-You.
2014 VW Bulli Microbus
186 mile range and 87 mph top speed.
"....saddle up, partner!" ~ Jim Carrey, 'Dumb and Dumber'
Tales of it going to be RWD as well.
#157 of 204 Step up...!!!
Oct 25, 2011 (5:19 pm)
It's a shame that Suzuki's success in bikes is not getting transferred to auto side of their business. I almost got Kizashi for my son but then I saw that almost in 100 miles radius there was no dealer....! Their bikes are pretty fast & reliable. Hope they can put it in their autos along with some aggressive selling!
#159 of 204 Re: Step up...!!! [mumuxu]
Oct 26, 2011 (4:39 pm)
Well, the did that: sales at any cost (there's a link to it in this specific forum that was posted this past summer). The recession hit, and the dealer base collapsed. I wish Suzuki would do more, but I don't think that it is ready to use its more profitable markets (everywhere but the US) to subsidize its operations and marketing efforts here while the recession is an ongoing concern.