The reason this should be of interest is because I don't know if the members of this forum are all aware of it or not but 3-4 years ago Ducati was for sale and and Harley-Davidson was considering buying Ducati. Thank **** they didn't...anyway.....
Ducati is owned by Lamborghini. Lamborghini is owned by Volkswagen. They are all owned by Audi.
Recently I read that Audi is considering selling Ducati.
Qianjiang Ltd. of China bought Binelli a few years back. Qianjiang is controlled by Geely Co. Geely Co. owns Volvo.
H-D has had a reputation for the past number of years for buying or copying the technology they have been putting into their motorcycles. Then they dissolve the absorbed company or kick them to the curb once they've taken everything worth taking. Seems like the overpaid engineers that H-D has can't develop anything on their own. I believe that would have been the fate of Ducati if H-D would have bought them.
I believe H-D will find they will have met their match by "partnering" with a Chinese company.
But having said that, companies like H-D, General Motors, Boeing, etc., have no choice but to enter the Chinese market if they want to try and continue to grow.
FYI, a few years ago Boeing had a plant in China where aircraft parts were made. Boeing decided they were going to shut down the China plant and pull up stakes. The Chinese government got into the deal and said, OK you can leave but you cannot take your manufacturing and fabrication machines and tooling, you must leave them behind...hello fake Boeing airplane and engine parts. Sooo Boeing changed their mind and decided to stay, at least to have control over quality and not have the world flooded with substandard Boeing aircraft and engine parts.
See where I'm headed here?