The rumors are unconfirmed, but it appears MV Augusta will have a German partner soon, as Daimler is in talks to buy a minority stake of that venerable Italian company. As you'll recall, MV was owned by Harley-Davidson for two years, did nothing with the brand, then handed it back on a silver platter to the Castiglioni family two years later...strangely, the same family who took Aermacchi from H-D's hands, decades prior. When Harley dumped MV in 2010, they paid all that company's debt as part of the deal, reportedly losing many Millions in the process. MV Agusta has been on shaky ground since, but has an excellent engine, chassis, and styling, and does well in World Superbike racing. The financial strength of Daimler could be a real godsend to the small Italian company. So, what's up with German auto companies buying Italian motorcycle brands?
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