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Soup :: Top 15 Stories of 2012. Number 8: Das Ducati

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Wolfgang Dürheimer Interview: Joining Audi and the Future of Bentley and Bugatti | Car and Driver.com

Wolfgang Dürheimer Interview: Joining Audi and the Future of Bentley and Bugatti | Car and Driver.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

"I understand that (Audi CEO) Rupert Stadler expects me to take a close look at Ducati’s technologies."


In a few weeks, Bentley and Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer will be leaving for Ingolstadt, where he will head Audi’s research and development and lead the VW Group’s motorsports activities. At Audi, he will deal closely with motorcycle maker Ducati; a fitting job, as he earned his stripes at BMW’s motorcycle division before he became head of Porsche’s research and development. Two years ago, following a shakeup in VW Group management, he left for Crewe, England, to head Bentley and Bugatti. We recently sat down with Dürheimer to discuss the future of Bentley’s powertrains, the progress of the Bugatti Galibier, and his new responsibilities with Ducati and VW Group motorsports.

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Audi’s Stadler to Ducati Workforce – “Ducati remains Ducati”

Audi’s Stadler to Ducati Workforce – “Ducati remains Ducati” | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Audi CEO addresses Ducati workforce as Antitrust Commission prepare to complete process
Borgo Panigale (Bologna)
Mr. Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG, accompanied by Mr.Thomas Sigi, responsible for AUDI AG Human Resources, visited the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale , Bologna, Italy today, received by Ducati’s President and CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio and Ducati Management. After additional meetings with local RSU (Rappresentanza Sindacale Unitaria) union representatives, Mr. Stadler addressed the entire Ducati workforce of approximately 1000 people with a motivational speech that underlined Audi’s passion for the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

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In pursuit of Ducati magic | The Globe and Mail

In pursuit of Ducati magic | The Globe and Mail | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
VW adds iconic Italian motorcycle company to its stable of brands...

What's the use of a little liquidity if you can't splash some of it around?

That appears to be the credo of Ferdinand Piech, recently reconfirmed for a third stint at the wheel of Volkswagen AG, who has just dipped into the deep corporate money pool for a bit more than a billion dollars to add legendary motorcycle maker Ducati to his collection of Italian companies.

Ducati made a pretty nice birthday present, along with his re-election as chairman late last month, for the now 75-year-old Piech, who has been single-mindedly steering Volkswagen toward the goal of becoming the largest car maker in the world for the better part of two decades.

Although some industry watchers, possibly irked at having to buy their cars and bikes one at a time rather than by the factory-full, see it as perhaps a little self-indulgent. “It's a new toy,” sniffily opined one, who's perhaps never owned a Ducati, as Piech does.

But what true corporate collector – VW's “toy” box now contains a dozen brands – wouldn't round out his Italian portfolio by adding the classic Ducati name to that of previously acquired exotic car maker Lamborghini and renowned design house ItalDesign if they had the chance.

And, unlike many other periods in a history that has more whoop-de-doos than a stadium motocross track, Ducati's driving engine is currently as “on song” as it's ever been....more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/car-life/classic-cars/in-pursuit-of-ducati-magic/article2426428/

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Valencia rumor mill – what of Preziosi? | Ducati.net

Valencia rumor mill – what of Preziosi? | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

According to Italian website Moto.it, things in the Valencia Ducati Corse box are tense this weekend because much Audi ordered change is in store for the Ducati team after the race weekend and 2 day Valencia test....


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Audi AG appoint new Ducati Board of Directors and Executive Committee | Ducati.net

Audi AG appoint new Ducati Board of Directors and Executive Committee | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

Gabriele Del Torchio as CEO, Claudio Domenicali appointed to Ducati Board of Directors


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The dawn of a new day – it’s official, Audi owns Ducati | Ducati.net

The dawn of a new day – it’s official, Audi owns Ducati | Ducati.net | Desmopro News | Scoop.it

“After examination of the notification, the European Commission has concluded that the notified operation falls within the scope of the Merger Regulation and of paragraph 5(b) of the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/20043......

And with those words, Audi officially becomes the owner of Ducati Motor Holding and the company enters what is widely regarded to be a new phase. Since 1996 when Texas Pacific Group bought the company from the Castiglioni Brothers, Ducati has been in the hands of professional money people and while it’s safe to say there was some passion for the brand, the ongoing focus for the last 17 years, was to prepare the company for it’s inevitable new owners.

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Audi buys Ducati ... time to celebrate | Gizmag.com

Audi buys Ducati ... time to celebrate | Gizmag.com | Desmopro News | Scoop.it
Audi has purchased Ducati Motorcycles. Not Volkswagen Group (Audi's parent) , but Audi, which is a subsidiary of Volkswagen. The boards of Audi AG...
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