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Is Ducati finally safe from sale?

Ducati seems safe from sale after two years of uncertainty over its future ownership with the Audi boss saying there is no need to sell the motorcycle company. This follows exactly two years of speculation that Ducati would be sold for up to $US1.5b to help pay the multi-billion-dollar VW debt for the emissions scandal. …

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Ducati boss with Scrambler, Panigale and Multistrada

Ducati secure for next decade

The future for Ducati is secure as it will remain within the VW Group, at least for the next nine years. A board meeting on Wednesday June 22 2016 which outlined their plan until 2025 told shareholders there was no intention to put the company up for sale to pay off massive debts from the diesel gate affair. …

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Ducati Multistrada to get variable valve timing?

Ducati adds car-like variable valve timing

Ever since Audi bought Ducati in 2012, we have been waiting and watching for the criss-cross of car and bike technology and now it looks like automobile variable valve timing is coming to the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Recently, Audi’s parent company, VW, released the XL Sport car powered by a Panigale motorcycle engine. READ ABOUT …

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Ducati Panigale

Lightweight Audi springs for Ducati?

Audi has produced lightweight fibreglass reinforced polymer (GFRP) springs for its cars and, as owners of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., they could soon end up on their motorcycles. Audi will fit the lightweight springs in an upper mid-size model before the end of the year. Light weight is crucial for car manufacturers to attain fuel …

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Jeep partners with Harley-Davidson

Jeep is partnering with iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson to sponsor events and rallies in the Europe, Mid-East and African region. It is not unusual for car companies to court motorcycle companies to gain some “street cred”. After all, motorcycles are the ultimate freedom machine, embodying the basic spirit of man, machine and the road …

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Ducati 1199 may power VW

Ducati might soon be powering small VW 4-wheelers. It is believed Ducati’s 143kW 1199 Panigale engine will be installed in VW’s XL1 plug-in hybrid supercar (right). The two-seater concept currently has a small 800cc diesel engine and electric motor. Since Audi bought Ducati last year for $1.2b there have been many rumours about how the …

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Gasolina stars in Harley launch

Today Harley-Davidson is expect to reveal a 500cc bike made in India for Asian and Western learner markets. While the announcement is expected to be made at the EICMA show in Milan, there is a special press event being held in Melbourne at Gasolina which MotorbikeWriter will attend. Check back later today for the story. …

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Ducati Diavel review

There is nothing cruisy about the Ducati Diavel. Despite some thinking that this would be the Italian bike manufacturer’s first foray into cruiser motorcycles, the result is more of a naked muscle bike than a cruiser. It’s closer to a Suzuki B KIng or Yamaha V-Max than even a Harley-Davidson V-Rod, although these are among …

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