The passion of Ferdinand Piëch, chairman of Volkswagen, for motorcycles is no secret to anyone. So much so that, at age 72, Piëch owns a Ducati machine and continues to drive. Recent statements from the Austrian show that his old dream of taking Volks to produce motorcycles is still alive. Thus, the Ducati would be one of the possibilities for the realization of the project.
In 1985, when the Italian manufacturer went through financial difficulties, Piëch tried to negotiate with Ducati, but nothing was agreed. But the issue has surfaced in Europe and Volkswagen also has talks with Suzuki for a possible merger with the Japanese motorcycle maker.
Piëch is grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the Beetle, and is famous for conquering the transactions in favor of the Volks. Example of this were the control acquisitions of Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Audi and Seat. Starting in the world of motorcycles, this would be a way for Volkswagen to face forward one of its biggest rivals, BMW, traditional manufacturers of motorcycles and automobiles.
By Rafael Miotto, via Online Motorcycling