Who owns luxury carmaker Bentley?
Who owns Bugatti, the king of supercars?
Who owns the raging bull known as Lamborghini?
Yes, homely little Volkswagen, collectively known as Volkswagen Group, owns some of the most prestigious names in the auto world. Ten, to be exact, with Porsche being the company’s most recent acquisition.
We’ve mentioned before that VW wants to become the world’s largest automaker. Seems like that goal is still intact, as the company recently said it’s interested in acquiring two more brands, for a total of 12.
No word on what those brands might be, but I have to wonder if such a lofty goal is reasonable, considering the state of the auto world. Look at General Motors… it had to shed brands down to four, and now VW wants to increase to 12?
Maybe it’s a case of trying to get ahead while the industry is down. Whatever the reasons for VW’s strategy, it’s hard to argue with a company that’s having success with some of the most esteemed automotive brands in history.
So if VW does indeed have two more brands in its sights, you can bet your booty there will be more German takeovers in the foreseeable future.
What companies do you think VW could have its eye on? I think Suzuki is one possibility.