MotoGP » Del Torchio: Audi will strengthen Ducati


"I am confident that the Audi Group will allow Ducati to continue strengthening its position in markets around the world" - Gabriele Del Torchio, Ducati president and CEO.

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reasons...... - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 1:48 AM

there are many good reasons for buying Ducati one is there motor engineering technology
Desmo heads etc did anyone notice that the Ducati 1,000 is faster then either the honda or yamaha Brands Very important in the prestigeous world of super cars Desmo technology for example is a lot cheaper than pneumatic technology etc I will be interested to see what the future direction holds for Ducati...........And Audi Future Audi desmo Quattro anyone??

shamarone

April 19, 2012 4:51 AM

re: "WTF dose VW need Ducati for,is this buying an Icon just because they have the spare cash to do so?"

no, it's to fire a cannon shot across the bows of their deutsche competitors mercedes and bmw... especially "bey oom veh" and the competitive advantage afforded by their motorrad division. guys, forget starwars this is CARWARS...!!!

monster

April 19, 2012 5:11 AM

@ reasons

The "desmodromic" angle won't mean anything to VAG,

Ducati have no patent on the system because it was developed by Mercedes in the late 50's.

It's quite probable that various engine manufacturers in F1 and MotoGP are already using desmo valve actuation ....they would never admit to it of course

desmoquak - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 5:51 AM

Audi bought Ducati...............wait for it...........wait for it............ Because it was a great Business decision......... nothing more, nothing less.....Oh yeah i almost forgot...that Audi logo will look bitchin on the side of Hayden, and Vale's bikes!!!!

shamarone

April 19, 2012 5:51 AM

re: "Audi deserves their own namesake line of motorcycles. I hope they sell off what ever physical assets Ducati has, cash out what little equity is left and shutter the doors. Use that technology to build their own "German" brand and let Ducati become the new Indian Motorcycles."

by the powers invested in me, i nominate this as one of the most ignorant/uninformed comments to ever be spoken in the history of not just the internet, but the history of motorcycling.

Aussie - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 6:18 AM

@shamarone
Are you kidding? that bmw and merc are worried about VW buying a bike Co. that sells 3500 bikes a month around the world,I doubt if it would get a mention at the lunch table let alone the board room.I think merc have enough on their plate to get their F1 team at the front and keep it there.

Sam - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 6:43 AM

Where is FIAT??? they're busy spending their money saving american garbage manufacturer Chrysler. What a shame.... They're spending the money that should be invested in home brands. Shame on FIAT group. Now even FIAT is not owned by Italians after Umberto agnelli. Now owned by......

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

April 19, 2012 9:20 AM

My understanding is that buying Ducati is a 75th birthday present for the boss of VW (No seriously!).

He wanted to buy MV Agusta, but for some reason that didn't work out. VW were then sniffing around Horex - that would have made a lot more sense, but maybe they will buy that as well.

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