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VW buys big stake in Suzuki.

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' started by rc36, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. VW has been flexing its coporate muscle a lot over the last decade or so, and today comes news that they have bought a 20% stake in Suzuki for $US2.5billion.

    I'm guessing that this won't impact directly upon Suzuki's bike sector but a big injection of funds into the company certainly couldn't hurt even if most of it does end up being spent in the car division.

    You can read the full report here if you're interested.

    In another, more motorcycle-related news item, British specialist wheel manufacturer, Dymag has filed for bankruptcy, and the machinery and resources of the factory have already been offered for sale, so it looks like curtains for a company who pioneered magnesium wheels for motorcycle racing.

    You can read more about his one at the excellent kneeslider

  2. So what the next model GSXR is gonna have one of those cool flower pot holders like in the new bugs?

  3. It'll be front wheel drive with the powerplant forward of the front axle to ruin the handling, and will be plagued with small but annoying problems.
  4. Yes, but it WILL float!=D>
  5. They are rumoured to buy MV Augusta as well :?

  6. ye read that on cycletorque, strange since harley just bought it
  7. great so suzuki will now have extremely boring looking dashes!

    Other sources for the MV rumours?
  8. Yeah, around a year isn't long to hang on to an acquisition in corporate terms, is it? I hope that VW does buy MV, actually. I never saw Harley as being appropriate custodians of such a revered marque.
  9. Does anyone else think 2.5 billion doesn't sound like much for a 20% stake?
  10. so they valued the business at 12.5 Billion, nothing to laugh at
  11. I'm sure Harley announced they wanted out when they shut Buell down...
  12. Don't forget, Suzuki don't, AFAIK, have the diversity of product of Kawasaki or Yamaha or the sheer volume that Honda shift, so, at a guess, they'd be the smallest of the big four. Their car division is relatively small and supplies to semi-niche markets rather than the masses.

    Maybe 12.5b isn't too far off the mark.
  13. Correct me if I'm wrong but don't VW have an interest or at least an involvement in the Veyron? Well now they have the Hayabusa too! Pretty good at going fast in a straight line. :driver:
  14. Amazing seeing who owns what

    Dated June 22, 2009

    BMW owns: BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce

    Fiat owns: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati; Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep–20-percent stake

    Ford Motor Company owns: Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo (for now), and still owns 13.4 percent of Mazda

    General Motors owns: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC. Also owns a controlling interest in Daewoo, as well as Opel and Vauxhall in Europe and Holden in Australia. (Pontiac to be discontinued)

    Honda owns: Honda, Acura

    Hyundai owns: Hyundai, Kia

    Tata Motors (India) owns: Jaguar and Land Rover

    Mazda (partially owned by Ford)


    Daimler AG owns: Mercedes-Benz and Smart

    Nissan owns: Nissan and Infiniti (Nissan is owned by Renault--France)

    Porsche owns: Porsche and a majority share in Volkswagen

    Subaru (A controlling interest of Subaru is owned by Toyota)


    Toyota Motor Company owns: Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, with a stake in Fuji Industries (Subaru’s parent company) and Isuzu

    Volkswagen owns: Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and overseas SEAT and Skoda.

    In formal negotiations to be sold:
    Hummer: Tengzhong (China)
    Saturn: Penske Automotive Group
    Saab: Koenigsegg (Sweden)

  15. These are a little misleading. Acura and Infiniti are badge jobs: Same cars, different badges.

    Acura RSX = Honda Integra, another Acura model is the "Euro Accord", etc etc.
    Infiniti G35/7 = Nissan Skyline, etc.

    Same with a lot of the Lexus models, albeit not all.
  16. They did, but that is fairly old news
  17. MV is up for sale with Harley clearing the decks - VW has been thinking about a bike company for a while (the pres or CEO or someone rides) and Suzuki was usually mentioned as a possibility. I thought that the availability of MV would change that, for VW to keep things Euro, but Suzuki was probably a more viable business option.

    Hopefully the cash injection will free up a little imagination in the engineering department, and maybe even the racing division... or maybe not.
  18. All they need to do now is buy Smart and they can make production versions of that mental Smart car/Hyabusa combination.