March 18, 2012

Auto Briefs

Audi may buy Ducati; Ford infotainment upgrades mailed



Audi may add bike maker to holdings
Audi is in talks to buy Ducati Motor Holding, the maker of luxury motorbikes ridden by celebrities such as Brad Pitt, according to two people familiar with the matter. Audi, which has the right of first refusal on a purchase until mid-April, is considering a total price of about $1.12 billion for the Italian company. Ducati would complement Audi's luxury-car lineup with products such as the $28,000 Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore (shown).
Bloomberg News



Ford upgrades on their way to owners
Ford customers and dealers have begun receiving upgrades to the MyFord Touch touch-screen-control system. The new software redesigns much of what customers see on the screen and tries to resolve complaints about the system crashing. Ford says the upgrade makes the touch screens respond to commands more quickly, improves voice-recognition capabilities and simplifies the design. More than 300,000 customers with MyFord Touch in their vehicles will receive a USB flash drive in the mail and can install the new software in about an hour.
New York Times News Service


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