Volkswagen and Suzuki may end EV partnership because of VW's comment

A comment made by Volkswagen about Suzuki has put the two companies in an uncomfortable situation and ended their electric car and hybrid partnership.

The month of March marked the beginning of a serious spat between the Volkswagen AG and the Suzuki Motor Corporation. The two automobile companies were planning a partnership; however, due to a comment made in Volkswagen’s annual report about Suzuki, the companies plan on walking away from each other, according to Bloomberg report.

The Volkswagen Group’s parent company, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft or Volkswagen AG is a German automobile production group, which ranked as the third largest car manufacturer in the world in 2010. In the same year, it was the first largest automobile manufacturer in Europe. The Volkswagen Group is made up of ten active automotive companies and their corresponding marques including Audi AG, Automobili Lamborghini, Bentley Motors Limited, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., SEAT, S.A., Škoda automobilová a.s., Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV), or German: Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (VWN), Scania AB, MAN SE, and the MAN marque (controlling shareholder) which was most recently acquired in July 2011.

The Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese manufacturing corporation headquartered in Hamamatsu, Japan that specializes in not only compact automobiles and 4x4 vehicles, but also a full range of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard marine engines, wheelchairs and a selection of other small internal combustion engines. Suzuki is the ninth largest automobile manufacturer in the world and has shared or produced automobiles, including General Motors, Fiat, Subaru, Mazda, Nissan, Maruti Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Mitsubishi Motors, for other manufacturers around the world.

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