The possibility of Volkswagen Automotive Group shedding several brands in the wake of ongoing diesel scandal expenses has been floated since the outbreak of the 19-month-old crisis. Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, as well as truck brands Scania and MAN Diesel & Turbo, were on a shortlist of companies to be sold to generate money, but VW and its core group of brands appeared to weather the storm well, even delivering a record 10.3 million cars in 2016.
Reuters now reports Ducati, purchased by Audi for $935 million in 2012, could be offered to outside buyers. The possible sale has been reportedly prompted by the need to fund a "strategic overhaul" following the diesel crisis, currently centering on Audi. Almost a year ago, analysts saw Scania and MAN as the prime candidates for sale — Ducati was seen as too sweet a possession to part with just to acquire short-term cash.