Another day, another round in the VW vs Suzuki battle that is gripping the local media during the Tokyo motor show. Read the first instalment here.

Officially, neither side will comment while there are court arbitration proceedings ongoing in London.

However, such is the weight of feeling, and questions, new snippets are slipping out and, you suspect, some off-the-record briefings being administered.

The Japanese media have been stoked up by reports that VW boss Martin Winterkorn has suggested he will bide his time on the matter, ready to try to negotiate with the "next management" of Suzuki.

That's a none too veiled reference to the fact that Suzuki's chairman, Osamu Suzuki, is now 81 and has been urged for years to retire and enjoy his fortunes. He is, however, wildly popular with his workforce, and has vowed to "die in battle" rather than quit.

Needless to say, he's something of a hero over here, and the spat is being portrayed very much with VW cast as the enemy, a corporate giant trying to force its ways on plucky Suzuki (a company worth $11 billion itself, let's not forget).

Unfortunately, Suzuki is no longer expected to attend the show today, but still nobody is betting against this proud opinionated and hugely successful man taking another public pop at VW at some point in the near future. Even his supporters describe his rumbustuous ways with a smile, so you can bet he won't move aside quietly, if at all.

VW, in turn, has wheeled out its big guns here, and Winterkorn is expected to make a speech later today underlining his committment to Japan and the Japanese; the show of strength by executives is one way of demonstrating that, and that they won't be scared off.

Another reason for their presence has also slipped out. Yesterday, the VW managers undertook test drives around Tokyo in a variety of VW group cars and competitor models. Among them was the Up, so far not committed to sale on Japan, but a potential success story in the crowded market. Officials remain tight-lipped, but the temptation to put a small car on sale in Suzuki's back yard may be too much to resist.