This post belongs in this long-dormant thread, or does it? Not? ;-) The Arbitration court adjudicating the dispute between Suzuki and VW (Suzuki wants to buy back VW's 19.9% stake in it, claiming lack of trust and reciprocity) has come to a decision. The award will be announced shortly, says Suzuki. Now, FCA is in a not-so-distant way involved since a major point of dispute is Szuzuki's refusal to part with the use of Fiats diesels which is what VW was apparently insisting on. Since then, as we know, Suzuki has launched and will launch several more models both in Europe and now/soon in India with those very Fiat diesels. Also, they've expanded cooperation with FCA for amt gearbozes: Magneti Marelli and Maruti Suzuki have a new JV plant for amt-manufacture in Manesar, gurgaon, near the Maruti Manesar giant plant. Marchionne has recently been insisting on 'consolidation'/mergers/cooperation. Suzuki is weak(ish) or absent everywhere but i India, where by contrast it is utterly and risingly dominant, with humungous profits at luxury-car profit margins (of 12% and rising) with incredible and increasing economies of scale in supplies, manufacture, retailing, marketing and service/spares. FCA has premium brands, has lots of engine and platform and production-technology (COMAU), components (Magneti Marelli), 4X4 and now hybrid/electric tech that Suzuki could use. FCA is also vastly bigger and vastly more diversified geographically. They could also work together in China, where they're both small yet profitable and growing (esp FCA). Suzuki is moving into the budget crossover and suv spaces, which is complementary to jeep's and fiat's higher-priced, more capable crossovers and suvs. They could also use each other to expand into low cost/price markets like Africa, Central Asia, iran etc. Let's see what the award is by the court. If VW wins, FCA will be lucky to just have the engine etc supply deal to Suzuki in 5 years' time (current new model life-cycle)? But if Suzuki wins.......enter Marchionne and the Deal Makers for FCA/Fiat!? I do wish.....for Fiat/Jeep's sake in India and the rest of Asia, where FCA, barring Jeep, is very very weak/practically absent. PS: any deal with Suzuki will be very expensive, since Suzuki thanks exclusively to Maruti, has a very booming share price/market capitalization, and is family-owned....and that too 'Japanese' or is that 'Indian'?