|picture via Frankfurter Rundschau.|
Some people hate Piech, some fear him, many admire him but he may be the ultimate gear head, one who manages to create whole car lines and buy a whole motorcycle company because he loves motor vehicles and wishes to make it happen.
Piech is probably a modern day Soichiro Honda or Count Agusta. Piech has just been re-elected to the VW Board chairmanship for 5 more years but he'll be 75 years old soon and I wonder how long he can last at the top of his game. And when he's gone, did he plan well enough for the empire he's built to hold together? If he kicks it and things go down hill for the VW Group, I predict Ducati will be the first to be voted off the island. Hopefully by then Ducati will be worth enough to fetch a dear price and continue to thrive.