Ducati

  • Ducati headquarters in Bologna, Italy

    The Volkswagen Group has ruled out selling Ducati following strong opposition from the Italian motorcycle brand’s labor union, FIOM CIGL. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali made the announcement to staff on Friday, union representative Bruno Papignani confirmed to Bloomberg. Helping to sway the decision was the support of FIOM CIGL by IG Metall, a powerful labor union in Germany representing staff from several VW Group brands. The VW Group purchased Ducati in 2012 for approximately $935 million and since then has increased the number of employees from 1,197 to 1,558. The automaker started...

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    Report: Harley-Davidson eyes Ducati

    More evidence has emerged suggesting that the Volkswagen Group is about to sell Ducati. Following a report in April that the VW Group had hired an investment to explore options for Ducati, which it purchased in 2012 for approximately $935 million, Harley-Davidson is now in the headlines about a...

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    Report: Volkswagen Group mulls Ducati sale

    Facing costs exceeding $20 billion in the United States alone due to its diesel emissions scandal, plus a hefty bill to develop new electric car technology, the Volkswagen Group has been cutting back on staff and niche products to preserve cash. There’s always been talk that the VW Group...

  • Volkswagen plant
    Volkswagen Group To Be Reorganized, Four Smaller Structures Possible: Report

    The Volkswagen Group controls more than a dozen brands and has more than half a million employees around the globe. Understandably, such complexity is difficult to oversee from a central hub which is why we may see the automaker’s management and corporate structure reorganized into four...

  • Audi and Ducati #cometogether on Pikes Peak
    Audi And Ducati Celebrate Pikes Peak Rendezvous With Contest

    Audi and motorcycle manufacturer Ducati both have a history of tackling the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb. Now that the brands are under one roof, it makes perfect sense to use this year’s event to highlight both Audi’s newest sports car, the RS5, and Ducati’s fastest...

  • Chris Harris drag races the Porsche 911 GT2 RS against the Ducati 1199 Panigale
    Porsche 911 GT2 RS drag races Ducati superbike

    Proclaiming drag races to be "Internet gold," Chris Harris proceeds to grace us with a good one: the Porsche 911 GT2 RS against the Ducati 1199 Panigale. He's not wrong. While the GT2 RS packs 611 horsepower at the rear, and weighs 3,170 pounds, the Ducati's power-to-weight ratio is even better...

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    A new earthquake struck northern Italy this morning, killing 15 people and toppling buildings in the Emilia Romagna region. The quake, which measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, hit the Modena province at 9 a.m. local time. Bloomberg News reports that the quake was centered near the towns of Cavezzo, Medolla and Mirandola, and was severe enough to temporarily halt production at automakers Ferrari and Maserati. Motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, recently purchased by Audi, also shut its factory in the wake of the temblor. It’s not yet clear how long the respective factories will be shut down...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG with Ducati Streetfighter 848
    Mercedes And AMG Cut Ties With Ducati

    Ever since Mercedes-Benz’s performance offshoot AMG announced its co-branding deal with Ducati in November of 2010, there’s been talk that the alliance was simply a precursor to the eventual takeover of the Italian motorbike manufacturer by Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. Any...

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    It's Official: Audi Really Is Buying Ducati

    It’s been the worst-kept secret in the automotive industry, but now it’s official: luxury automaker Audi is buying Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. While details of the sale haven’t officially been disclosed, Reuters is reporting that Audi paid some 860 million euros ($1.13...

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    Fiat Heir Lapo Elkann Considers Bid For Ducati

    Italian motorcycle maker Ducati is rumored to be up for grabs, with numerous automakers cited as interested bidders. Daimler was one of the first names dropped, since Ducati already has a co-marketing arrangement with the Mercedes-Benz tuning arm, AMG. As quickly as that particular rumor surfaced...

  • AMG and Ducati announce partnership
    Daimler Denies Interest In Ducati Takeover

    Ever since Mercedes-Benz’s performance offshoot AMG announced its co-branding deal with Ducati in November of 2011, there has been talk that the alliance was simply a precursor to the eventual takeover of the Italian motorbike manufacturer by Mercedes’ parent company Daimler. Rumors of...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG with Ducati Streetfighter 848
    Mercedes-Benz And Ducati Strengthen Partnership At Bologna Motor Show

    Mercedes-Benz and Ducati are building on the cooperative agreement set up between the brands at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show.

  • Keira Knightley rides a Ducati for Chanel

    Et alors, qu'est-ce que c'est? Why, it appears to be actress, model, and object of Jeremy Clarkson's undying affection, Ms. Keira Knightley, perched atop a Ducati in Paris' Place de la Concorde. But you know, we're just guessing. At first glance, we thought Keira might be going through some sort of personal crisis, or perhaps angling for George Clooney's affection. (You know the Cloonster's love of women and hogs.) But then we noticed the cameras and the light reflectors and -- biggest tip-off of all -- the way that the bike is strapped to a rig, making it kind of like the world's coolest...

  • TRON Legacy Light Cycle
    Light Up The Streets: TRON Light Cycles Now For Sale

    One of Winter's most anticipated films was TRON Legacy, the follow-up to 1980s science-fiction film TRON. In the original, a hacker played by Jeff Bridges gets absorbed into a perilous virtual world and in Legacy, his son falls to the same fate. For tech fans the plot is really just a sideline to...

  • AMG and Ducati announce partnership
    Report: AMG Eyeing Ducati Takeover, AMG-Branded Motorbikes Possible

    Last week we first heard that AMG and Italian motorbike manufacturer Ducati were forming a partnership, initially surrounding the cooperation over common marketing activities, but with any such deal there is always the potential for the relationship to develop further. While such a possibility may...

  • AMG and Ducati announce partnership
    AMG And Ducati Announce Partnership At 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show

    AMG and Italian motorbike manufacturer Ducati have announced that they will work closely together going into the future. The initial aim of the cooperation between the two performance firms is to develop common marketing activities but further down the track we could see the relationship develop...

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