Suzuki to end hybrid, fuel-cell development with General Motors

Suzuki Motor Corp has said that it will end its joint development project with General Motors to produce hybrid and fuel-cell technologies. The move comes as a part of an operational review following its new partnership with Volkswagen Group.

“Suzuki is in a comprehensive alliance with Volkswagen. In every field including hybrid, diesel and electric cars, we will carry out joint development with them, or we will learn from them,” Osamu Suzuki, chairman and chief executive.

After an announcement last month, Volkswagen took a 19.9 percent stake in Suzuki on Friday. Both plan to develop competitive, compact and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Osamu said that Suzuki plans on using diesel engines from Volkswagen in the future and will review its partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroen and Renault SA, which currently supply diesel engines to the company.

– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Reuters