Audi may announce Ducati purchase next week – sources

(Reuters) - Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) luxury car division Audi (NSUG.DE) plans to announce the acquisition of Ducati next week, having completed a due diligence assessment of the Italian motorcycle maker, two people familiar with the matter said.

VW’s Audi eyes motorbike racing legend Ducati

Frankfurt/Milan - German car maker Audi is in talks to buy Ducati for its lightweight engine know-how, its racetrack pedigree and the distinctive sound and styling of its motorcycles. Two sources familiar with the matter said Audi, the premium cars arm of Europe's top car maker Volkswagen , was in discussions with the private equity group that controls the Italian firm about a purchase.