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VW's Piech mulls buying motorcycle maker -report

FRANKFURT, April 16 (Reuters) - Volkswagen VOWG.DE Chairman Ferdinand Piech would like Europe's largest car company to complement its stable of brands by acquiring a motorbike maker, he told German magazine Stern.

"I would still like a small, valuable motorcycle manufacturer," he said in an interview held jointly with his cousin, Wolfgang Porsche, who chairs the Porsche PSHG_p.DE supervisory board.

Piech said he still regretted missing out on Italy's Ducati DMH.MI when it was in trouble in 1985 and a buyer could have snapped it up for peanuts.

“I myself drive a Ducati. 180 horses and more power per kilogram weight than a 1,001-hp Bugatti,” said the Austrian, who will turn 71 on Thursday.

Porsche, which raised its stake in Volkswagen last year to 31 percent of the votes, aims to acquire majority control as soon as all regulatory authorities approve the takeover.

In the interview with his cousin, the two grandsons of VW Beetle creator Ferdinand Porsche said both clans would unite behind Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn in a bid to isolate powerful VW labour leader Bernd Osterloh, who had called the takeover hostile.

“Osterloh is sitting on a treetop, and at some point he will have to come down,” Wolfgang Porsche said. (Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner, editing by Will Waterman)

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