Volkswagen unit Audi is in talks to buy Italian motorcycle maker Ducati, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
Audi is in advance talks with Investindustrial, the Italian private equity owner of Ducati, a source familiar with the talks said.
Another source confirmed that Audi and Ducati's owners are in talks.
Audi is conducting due diligence and a decision about a purchase is expected by mid-April, one of these sources said.
Volkswagen, Audi and Ducati's owners declined comment.
Earlier this month Investindustrial said it was looking for a "world class industrial partner" for Ducati.