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VW Could Sell Ducati, Audi Shares If Scandal Deepens Cash Needs

  • Volkswagen may face funding gap as emissions crisis deepens
  • VW's "Plan B" includes sale of non-core assets, analyst says
Luxury Motorcycle Manufacturing At Ducati SpA's Assembly Plant

Luxury Motorcycle Manufacturing At Ducati SpA's Assembly Plant

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG’s deepening emissions scandal may force the carmaker to raise cash by selling assets, undoing years of building an empire that includes high-performance motorcycles, heavy trucks and a world-class soccer team.

Volkswagen raised its estimate this week for the financial fallout by 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion) to a total of 8.7 billion euros. The scandal has depressed its credit rating and led to its first quarterly loss in more than 15 years. The damage is expected to rise further, with Evercore ISI estimating total costs of 29 billion euros.