With Porsche in the bag, Ferdinand Piech may be plotting the next phase of his long-term goal to make Volkswagen the world's biggest auto group. Now the single-minded chairman of the VW supervisory board appears to have Suzuki in his sights.
The 100,000 cars that Porsche sells each year won't do much to help VW overtake Toyota as No. 1. But a tie-up with Suzuki would be a huge boost.
Suzuki's 2.36 million global sales last year would vault the German group over General Motors and put it close behind Toyota.
Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki denies that his company is talking with VW. But Piech is doing what he has always done when about to make a big move: He is hinting broadly.