According to Reuters, the list of possible suitors for the rumored Ducati sale has grown to include the Benetton family in an effort to return the Italian manufacturer’s ownership to Italy. Among the bids that Volkswagen has received for the Italian marque, Edition Holding (the Benetton family’s investment firm) has reportedly made a $1.2 billion offer. Included in the companies supposedly vying for Ducati, readers may be interested to learn that Bain Capital (which owns a piece of Can-Am parent BRP), Eicher Motors (the company that controls Royal Enfield) and Polaris Industries (parent company of Indian Motorcycle) are supposedly in the bidding along with, most notably, Harley-Davidson. However, the inclusion of HD in this list is now in doubt, as Reuters states that the high price tag may have prompted The Motor Company to withdraw from bidding. 

Regardless of which company ends up with the highest bid for Ducati, the final decision must be approved by Volkswagen’s labor unions which control half of the votes on the company’s supervisory board. This may be a tough sell since the union officials have made more than one statement of opposition to the sale of the motorcycle company.

Read the full Reuters report here.

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