Report: VW Could Sell Bentley, Lamborghini, Ducati to Fund Diesel Woes
Volkswagen has a long road ahead trying to rectify its diesel emissions-related woes. The automaker just secured a credit line of more than $21 billion to prepare for recalls, lawsuits, and regulatory fines related to its ongoing diesel cheating scandal. And according to Reuters, in order to get that one-year loan, Volkswagen Group had to confirm to banks that it is prepared to sell off some of its most notable assets. VW secured the 20 billion euro loan from a total of 13 different financial institutions throughout Europe, planning to refinance the loan by issuing bonds in the next several months, Reuters reports. “Under the terms, VW assured the lenders it would sell or list assets worth up to significantly more than 20 billion euros if it fails to find other sources of money,” sources told Reuters. According to the sources who spoke with Reuters, if Volkswagen is unable to cover its debts, it could be forced to spin off certain holdings—like MAN, whose division supplying ship engines, electric generators, and other heavy industry components is worth up to 5 billion euro. But theres another possibility. “Volkswagen may also consider divesting luxury car brands Bentley and Lamborghini or motor bike brand Ducati,” an unnamed source tells Reuters. Its worth pointing out that, among the nine different brands that make up Volkswagen Group, Bentley, Lamborghini and Ducati are some of the smallest and least valuable—due to their niche products and tiny annual production numbers. Previously, weve heard assurances that Volkswagen would not abandon its top-tier projects, including a new Bugatti hypercar. But with early estimates putting the cost of Volkswagens cheating scandal at more than $80 billion, its not surprising that the automaker might have to part with some of its holdings to stay afloat.