VW labor boss says 12 brands are enough, doesn't want to acquire Proton
VW's interest in Proton has been as an access point for getting its wares into Southeast Asia and getting more capacity overall. VW is said to be talking to DRB about a deeper tie-up with Proton, and one outlet has said that DRB is already including VW in its plans for integrating its control of Proton. Other outlets suggest that VW is interested in buying Proton outright but that the Malaysian government has doused that idea.
Someone else ready to hose down such a suggestion is Bernd Osterloh, the chief union representative on VW's 20-member supervisory board. Of the opinion that 12 brands are enough, Osterloh feels that the group needs to be stabilized after recent acquisitions like Porsche, Ducati and Scania before swallowing more. It isn't clear that Osterloh could stop the plan if VW wished to move ahead, but his is a noteworthy voice of dissent.
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