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Harley-Davidson finalizes MV Agusta sale

August 6, 2010
Filed under Features

Harley-Davidson has concluded the sale of subsidiary MV Agusta to the Italian motorcycle maker’s former owner effective today, according to a release from Harley.

Claudio Castiglioni and his wholly owned holding company, MV Agusta Motor Holding, S.r.l., will take control of the brand. Castiglioni has served as MV Agusta’s chairman since 2008, when Harley-Davidson acquired the company.

In October 2009, Harley-Davidson announced its intention to sell MV Agusta as part of a new corporate strategy to focus resources on the Harley-Davidson brand. Since then, Harley-Davidson has held discussions with various potential MV Agusta buyers.

“MV Agusta is a proud brand and we wish Mr. Castiglioni and the company’s employees well,” Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell said in the release. “Our decision to divest MV Agusta reflects our strategy to focus our efforts and our investment on the Harley-Davidson brand, as we believe this provides an optimal path to long-term growth.”

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