Thursday, April 19, 2012

AUDI AG acquires sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. • •

Chairman Rupert Stadler: “As a sporty, global premium brand, Ducati is
an excellent fit for Audi.”
Third pillar for AUDI AG in Italy
Ducati a leading player in engine technology and lightweight construction

Ingolstadt/Bologna, April 19, 2012 – AUDI AG is acquiring from Investindustrial
Group the tradition-steeped Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor
Holding S.p.A., which has its registered office in Bologna. The transaction will be
completed as quickly as possible once authorized by the competition authorities.
The Supervisory Boards of AUDI AG and Volkswagen AG approved the acquisition
yesterday (18 April) in Hamburg. Ducati is known worldwide as a leading brand in
motorcycle manufacture, with outstanding expertise in engine development and
lightweight construction.

Alongside the traditional Italian brands Lamborghini and Italdesign, Ducati is now a
third pillar for AUDI AG in Northern Italy. Another building block in the Company’s
growth strategy thus falls into place. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of
Management of AUDI AG, declared: “Ducati is known worldwide as a premium
brand among motorcycle manufacturers and has a long tradition of building sporty
motorcycles. It has great expertise in high-performance engines and lightweight
construction, and is one of the world’s most profitable motorcycle manufacturers.
That makes Ducati an excellent fit for Audi.” The progressive control systems and
special combustion chamber process of Ducati engines, their resulting sporty
character, and Ducati’s extensive know-how in lightweight construction thus offer
great potential for AUDI AG and the Volkswagen Group.

Peter Mosch, Chairman of the General Works Council of AUDI AG, explains that
the employee representatives of AUDI AG support the Company’s sustainable,
codetermined growth strategy. “We must use the opportunities offered by
globalization for Audi – and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Everyone at Audi


is looking forward to working with our new colleagues from Ducati,” commented

Ducati is a globally active company and has manufacturing operations at its
headquarters in Bologna and at its own factory in Thailand. It maintains a series of
importer companies in strategic markets. Experts predict that the motorcycle market
will enjoy strong growth over the next few years, especially in Asia. In 2011, Ducati
sold around 42,000 motorcycles and generated revenue of some €480 million,
employing around 1,100 people.

The company was founded by Adriano and Marcello Ducati in Bologna in 1926.
Known originally as Società Scientifica Radiobrevetti Ducati, it initially built parts for
radios. It ventured into the manufacture of motorcycles in 1949.

Ducati has been actively involved in motorcycle racing for many decades through its
racing division Ducati Corse. Its racing activities are currently focused on the Ducati
official factory team in the MotoGP class of the Motorcycle World Championship
and in the Superbike World Championship, supporting competitive private teams.
Ducati won the manufacturers’ championship in this latter class 17 times in 21
championships and the pilots’ 14 times.

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