Suzuki says it has no plans to end its partnership with Volkswagen, denying German media reports that the two companies will end their alliance due to differences over leadership roles.

Reports have highlighted apparent concerns over the future of the alliance, signed in 2009, as equal partners. However this was denied by a Suzuki spokesman.

Relations between the two companies showed signs of souring last month as Suzuki executive vice president Yasuhito Harayama asserted the company’s independence and said the two groups needed to go back to the drawing board on their partnership.

Volkswagen said it would not encroach on Suzuki’s autonomy.