Ducati will not be a part of a sell-off of assets to source revenue for the Volkswagen Group following the emissions cheating scandal that rocked the German company in 2015.
Rumors had circulated that Ducati might be part of a wider sell off of assets including the MAN trucking company and propulsion specialist, MAN Renk.
Yesterday, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller announced the Group’s “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” plan that will see the famous German marque focusing on ride-sharing and electric vehicle development, with more than 30 new vehicles planed for 2025 and a projected unit sale of two to three million.
Speaking to MCN, Audi boss Professor Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi and board member of Volkswagen, stated, “Ducati is not for sale”, which is no doubt encouraging news for the many staff at Bologna, who have seen massive investment in Ducati in Volkswagen, under the guise of sub-company Audi, purchased Ducati in 2012.
Interestingly, in the “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”, no mention is given as to just how the Volkswagen Group will pay for the roughly 11 million cars that need repairs following the Dieselgate saga, but that’s not for us to worry about. For Ducati lovers around the world, the future looks safe once again.