KTM wants to buy a Ducati
Ever since Stephane Perier took over as CEO of the KTM Group, the company has only grown stronger. Today it is partially owned by the Indian giant Bajaj Group. KTM motorcycle sales are expected to reach 300,000 units by the end of 2018. This is a huge success. Undoubtedly, it will be the next step in Perrier’s plan to expand the company, he is doing everything to ensure that the KTM Group becomes the third largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world.
Perrier is said to be in talks with the Volkswagen Group for an offer of more than € 1.5 billion for the acquisition of Ducati. The question is: is the Ducati up for sale?
Not so fast. Herbert Diess replaces Matthias Müller as CEO of the Volkswagen Group. And that matters a lot, because Diss is the former head of BMW Motorrad. He loves motorcycles, Ducati in particular. Diss regularly rides the Ducati Panigale and closely follows Ducati’s MotoGP success. What’s more, he and Audi CEO Bram Shot met with Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali in Valencia for the final round of the 2018 Motorcycle World Championship.
No details of the meeting have been leaked to the press, but you can be sure they weren’t talking about racing plans for 2019 at all.
Stéphane Perier. KTM plans
And yet Stéphane Perier does not give up his aspirations for Ducati. He hopes that financial pressure from the Dieselgate scandal will force the Volkswagen Group to sell its gem. Perrier is also rumored to be considering buying a Triumph and MV Agusta, but he confirmed Ducati is a priority.