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Business

VW CEO Diess Says Ducati Unit Needs a Partner

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess says the company’s Ducati motorcycle unit is “not sufficient” on its own and needs an alliance partner or merger with a second brand.

Sales

New CEO Diess Vows Faster Decision-Making at VW

Herbert Diess, installed on Thursday as CEO of Volkswagen AG, says he will accelerate the company’s decision-making process and reconsider asset sales of noncore businesses.

Business

Audi Withdraws Plan to Sell Ducati Brand

Audi AG tells reporters it has abandoned plans to sell its Ducati motorcycle brand after proclaiming the marque “the perfect implementation of our premium philosophy.”

Mark Fields Joins TPG Capital

Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields is joining TPG Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm, on Nov. 1.

Business

VW Drops Plans to Sell Ducati Unit

Volkswagen AG has abandoned plans to sell its Ducati motorcycle business due to union opposition, Bloomberg News reports.

Economics

VW Eyes Selling Assets that Deliver 20% of Its Revenue

Volkswagen AG aims to sell noncore assets that currently generate about 20% of the company’s current revenue, CEO Matthias Mueller tells The Wall Street Journal.

Business

Report: India’s Eicher Motors Readies Binding Bid for Ducati

Eicher Motors Ltd., the Indian maker of classic Royal Enfield motorcycles, intends to make a binding offer to acquire superbike maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA for $1.8 billion-$2 billion, sources tell the Economic Times.

Labor

VW’s Plan to Sell Ducati Stalls

Volkswagen AG has suspended the proposed sale of its Ducati motorcycle business because of union opposition and internal debate about the plan, sources tells Reuters.

Business

Harley-Davidson May Bid for Rival Ducati

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. is preparing a bid for Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA., sources tell Reuters.

Business

Report: VW May Sell Ducati Motorcycle Unit

Volkswagen AG is shopping its Ducati motorcycle unit to potential buyers, sources tell Reuters.

Business

VW to Centralize Component Operations?

Volkswagen AG intends to merge its division-level component operations into a single unit, sources tell Bloomberg News.

Business

VW Names Mueller CEO, Unveils Major Restructuring Plan

As expected, Volkswagen AG's supervisory board has named Matthias Mueller, 62, who previously headed its Porsche unit, as the group's new CEO, effective immediately.

Business

Winterkorn Touts a “More Agile” VW

CEO Martin Winterkorn told some 10,000 Volkswagen Group employees the company will restructure to become more flexible and agile.

Marketing

Mercedes AMG to Buy 25% of Motorcycle Maker MV Agusta

Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance unit is acquiring a 25% stake in Italian high-performance motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta SpA that includes collaboration on sales and marketing.

Sales

Mercedes AMG to Buy 25% of Motorcycle Make MV Agusta

Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance unit is acquiring a 25% stake in Italian high-performance motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta SpA that includes collaboration on sales and marketing.

Business

VW Preserves Huge Spending Plans for Plants, Product

Volkswagen AG says it will delay construction projects to protect its plan to invest €84 billion on factory upgrades and new products over the next five years.

Hybrid

Ducati Power for VW’s XL1 Two-Seater

Volkswagen AG is moving forward with a plan to put a Ducati motorcycle twin engine in its ultra-lightweight XL1 two-seater to create a fuel-efficient sports car.

Diesel

VW’s Hyper-Miler XL1 May Get Super Treatment

Volkswagen AG is considering building a racing or high-performance version of its 314-mpg XL1 diesel-electric hybrid.

Ducati Names New CEO

Volkswagen AG's Ducati motorcycle unit has promoted General Manager Claudio Domenicali to CEO, effective immediately.

Ducati Appoints Company Veteran As CEO

Volkswagen AG's Ducati motorcycle unit has promoted General Manager Claudio Domenicali to CEO, effective immediately.

Design

Retrofuturism: J Mays Talks About Automotive Design

There are few people who have a better, hands-on perspective of automotive design than J Mays. So who better to ask about why cars and trucks look the way they do when they do it?

VW Open to More Acquisitions

Posted: March 17, 2013 at 7:04 pmCEO Martin Winterkorn tells Reuters that Volkswagen AG has no current plans for acquisitions but is “wide awake” to opportunities.Winterkorn said last August that the company wouldn’t be buying additional brands because it already was busy integrating the 12 car, truck and motorcycle marques it already has.

Business

VW Open to More Acquisitions

CEO Martin Winterkorn tells Reuters that Volkswagen AG has no current plans for acquisitions but is "wide awake" to opportunities.

Aston Martin to Get Cash Infusion from British Equity Firm

London-based private equity firm Investindustrial has agreed to invest 150 million ($242 million) in Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. in exchange for a 37.5% stake in the British maker of luxury sports cars.