VW boss Winterkorn says joint projects with Japanese firm are likely
15 March 2010

VW Group chief Martin Winterkorn says that the recent buy-in to Japanese firm Suzuki is of "paramount significance" to both manufacturers.

VW took a 20 per cent stake in Suzuki late last year - with VW chief Ferdinand Piech saying that he'd been attracted by "cutting-edge supermini technology, better presence in emerging markets - and motorbikes".

The latter comment has sparked speculation that the VW Group could be considering building two-wheeled vehicles to accompany its burgeoning range of cars, vans and trucks.

Winterkorn said that VW and Suzuki are planning to work on joint projects. "We have set up a joint project office in Wolfsburg to coordinate cooperation," he said. "Work on concrete ideas and vehicle projects will begin in the coming weeks."

VW has announced that it will use a bond and share sale to raise around four billion euros; it needs the cash to help its aggressive new-model and acquisition-based push to dethrone Toyota as the world's biggest car manufacturer within the next 10 years.

Twitter - follow autocar.co.uk

See all the latest Volkswagen reviews, news and video

Join the debate


16 March 2010

This whole motorbike thing interests me - did VW not team up with KTM about a year ago to produce a bike? Did this all fall through and so sweetened the Suzuki deal even further?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic