FRANKFURT - Volkswagen said it might take legal action against its partner Suzuki after Suzuki served VW with a notice of breach of contract, demanding the German company give it access to key technologies.
VW "is keeping all options open" with regard to the partnership, company spokesman Michael Brendel said on Friday and is examining options which also include possible legal action.
VW's reaction came after Suzuki accused Volkswagen of breaching a partnership pact by withholding hybrid and other key technologies it promised to share.
Suzuki has given VW "several weeks to remedy the breaches," Executive Vice President Yasuhito Harayama said Friday at a media briefing in Tokyo. He declined to say when Suzuki expects the partnership to end. Top executives from both companies are holding talks, he said.
Harayama said Suzuki was especially keen for gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain systems and other environmental technologies, but VW never delivered.
VW responded by saying it had always honored its agreements with Suzuki. "The accusations are completely unfounded" and VW has done all it could to safeguard the partnership, Brendel said.