Talkback: Sold! To the man in the Audi T-shirt

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17/04/2012 at 17:18
The "MAN" wearing the Audi T-shirt timed this quite well compared to 1985. Ducati has the best line-up of bikes ever! Although, very expensive for the Tri-Colour examples.
17/04/2012 at 17:59
Maybe a revised look at the gp effort soon and changes made to get better rider input, the second largest car manufacturer in the world can surely stump up a few million
17/04/2012 at 18:35
I will be watching this closely as a Ducati owner, ex racer and locer! Will it be good or bad for Ducati? Good chance it will be good as the owner of VW rides a Ducati :)
t j
17/04/2012 at 23:49
I wonder if they're going to get screwed like suzuki did
18/04/2012 at 11:30
no logical person can see the reason for this. Certainly no one in the city (not sure that helps). As has been said they still haven't finished sorting out Porsche and the truck divisions. And how can Audi bring its expertise to bear on Ducati? Use a Diesel Le Mans car engine!! Front and rear drive for the Multistrada.
Looks like an ego trip.
18/04/2012 at 14:08
Better in the hands of Audi than Hero.
18/04/2012 at 14:12
I think after all the usual VW projects are done, i.e. refitting factories, r&d, all the usual bits of running the company, they still have something like 9 Billion Euros left each year. As a company, you can only really stockpile so much, so you have to;

a) give it back to the shareholders.

a) use it for growth, spend it on something that should bring more money in each year. Ducati is apparently loosing a small amount each year now, but VW can easily absorb that for a good few years. As long as the plan at the end is a profitable Ducati it'll work out fine.

It's certainly more a business move rather than a technical move. But, it does potentially mean Ducati can get into the VW windtunnels, get access to aero experts, lets not forget they also own Bugatti. They have a wealth of experts on braking, suspension and engine development, so even getting some of those bods to cast an eye over something might help Ducati, not just in GP but on road projects as well.
18/04/2012 at 15:27
"lets not forget they also own Bugatti"

and Lamborgini, and Bentley ...

As fast as you can, and don't fall off

18/04/2012 at 22:46
And why is that?
15/05/2012 at 14:27
...and Skoda
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