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Back in December of 2009 I commented on the purchase of Suzuki Motor Corporation by my former employer, Volkswagen. "Volkswagen and Suzuki Do the Deed". That blog entry is here.
A friend in Germany sent me a link to an article entitled "Mit Ferdinand Piëch im neuen Phaeton" on the German news site FAZ.NET. He thought I'd find the piece interesting as it has to do with VW's imperious and brilliant leader, Dr.Ferdinand Piech, a man I've seen many times, greeted once (it healed a wart on my hand), and who probably doesn't know I exist although he's seen my work many times.
The article is in German so I filtered it through Google Translate. Never a perfect translation but good enough for me. Buried in the article was a question about VW's future and wider product plans. VW is huge, not many Americans realize how huge, and the scope of the vehicles produced covers quite a range and circles the globe.
Here's the most interesting bit, note Dr. Piech's answer after the writer's statement/question:
"But the VW group has indeed set for the future not just on cars. Piëch: 'Correct. The truck business is very important. Motorcycles, co-generation plants, marine engines 115,000 hp, with turbines. All that we can do.'" [italics mine - DK]
Apparently the most powerful and richest auto industry man in the world still has a twinkle in his eye for motorcycles. Maybe he's just talking about Suzuki as the "Motorräder" part of the game but I'd never try guess Piech's intent, smarter men than me have tried and lost big time. It will be very interesting to see how motorcycles fit into his still unfolding global vision for Volkswagen. At the least, I'm hoping that Piech's passion for winning (he designed the Porsche 917 amongst other cars and set the parameters for the Bugatti Veyron) will cause him to funnel additional buckets of money into Suzuki's floundering MotoGP program.