A Daimler spokesman has put an end to rumors that his employer is trying to outbid Audi for an interest in motorcycle-builder Ducati.

Despite Daimler's previous collaboration with the two-wheel wizards, it looks like Audi's reported bid of $1.16 billion could be the only one. An Italian newspaper indicates the proposal from Audi is not a bid for the entire company, a strategy that Bloomberg suggests is more agreeable to Ducati.

We've also heard rumors of India's Mahindra also being interested in the high-performance motorcycle marque, but there's no mention of it in this report.


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      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      We once heard rumors that Mahindra was going to sell trucks here in the US and saw how that turned out...
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      Shubhrav Phate
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Audi is the best and should be the only contender in this bid as BMW has a history wit motorcycles and Audi being one of its archrivals it has every right to buy Ducati...........Way to go Audi
      PhilG.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand why it is necessary to put a one of a kind motorcycle company like Ducati in someone else's company garage where it can be emasculated into making scooters that imitate the bad assed bikes they make today.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Pdexter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok please correct my ignorance, but aren't pretty much all the major motorcycle firms losing money, and that's before the bad economy? Though dunno have example BMW operations been profitable on the motocycle side.
        Brian P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pdexter
        Honda Motor Corporation builds somewhere near 3 million four-wheeled vehicles per year ... and about 15 million two-wheeled vehicles. They may have issues in specific markets but they're not about to go away.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Diesel tomfoolery is still a fresh wound. Please don't keep posting pictures of it.
      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somehow I don't think Mahindra has more than $1.16 billion to spend on a motorcycle company...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Lamborghini of bikes.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Ducati is Audi's if they want them. I'm somewhat surprised that Fiat has not been mentioned as a buyer. Where's Tata?
        Brian P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Fiat is probably tapped right out as a result of swallowing Chrysler.