| WOLFSBURG, Germany, March 14
WOLFSBURG, Germany, March 14 Volkswagen
remains "open" to making further acquisitions,
though the German group has its work cut out integrating its
twelve brands, Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn said.
"We are currently well positioned with twelve brands, but
there are always opportunities that one cannot pass up," the CEO
told Reuters Television in an interview on Thursday at the car
maker's base in Wolfsburg.
"We have no further projects in the drawer, but we're always
wide awake to what's happening in the world," Winterkorn said.
Europe's largest car maker last year expanded its stable of
brands to a dozen, acquiring Italian motorcycle maker Ducati
through its Audi luxury-car division and completing a
long-awaited purchase of sports-car manufacturer Porsche.
VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech has repeatedly expressed
interest in Fiat's Alfa Romeo unit despite comments by
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne that the Italian brand is not for
sale. Asked whether VW was still interested in Alfa Romeo,
Winterkorn replied: "Alfa Romeo is a great brand."
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz.)