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No....Please No.....Please, Almighty, NO! NOT Volkswagon...

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...&refer=germany

Volkswagen AG Supervisory Board Chairman Ferdinand Piech foresees a ``good chance'' of acquiring Italian motorcycle maker Ducati Motor Holding SpA and integrating it successfully, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, without saying where it got the information.

Oh please let this be a hoax...this is almost worse than the rumor that Harley was looking to buy Ducati I'd rather have my favorite marque owned by a faceless, soulless Italian private equity group than by the people that brought you Fahrvergn├╝gen, the new Beetle, and some of the most annoying TV ads ever...(not to mention its less-than-innocent origins).

I know...it's probably only a rumor. Lots of companies want Ducati. But I hate seeing stuff like this.

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...(not to mention its less-than-innocent origins).
Need I point out they were on the same side back then?

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yeah, they did a horrible job of pulling Lamborghini out of a rut and making it profitable while keeping its character.

and Audis suck.


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I like Volkswagon, good company. The tv ads are the suxors though, I agree with you on that.
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yeah, they did a horrible job of pulling Lamborghini out of a rut and making it profitable while keeping its character.

and Audis suck.
Ducati ain't in a rut If they were suffering and underperforming, it'd be one thing. But 2007 was a banner year. And I can't imagine a car maker like VW not sticking their fingers into Ducati operations and design. I can just picture the execs talking about synergies

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Need I point out they were on the same side back then?
Exactly...and look how well that worked out


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Ducati ain't in a rut If they were suffering and underperforming, it'd be one thing. But 2007 was a banner year.
2007 was a banner year for them ONLY because of the highly anticipated release of the 1098. They've got nothing in the pipeline nearly as exciting.

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2007 was a banner year for them ONLY because of the highly anticipated release of the 1098. They've got nothing in the pipeline nearly as exciting.

696? Feh.
The 1098 was part of it. So was the MotoGP world championship. And the Hypermotard. And the Monster is still their best-selling bike. We'll see how that plays out. And no matter what Ducati's outcome, VW meddling is the last thing I want to see. If they could keep their hands off the company and leave it with some autonomy, then it could be a good thing. But I just don't see VW (or any car maker) doing that.

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BMW manage to do that with their cars and bikes and they're the same company.
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BMW manage to do that with their cars and bikes and they're the same company.
Germans and Germans....quite different from Germans and Italians

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Germans and Germans....quite different from Germans and Italians
true.

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