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Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. is an Italian company that designs and manufactures motorcycles. Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, Ducati is owned by German automotive manufacturer Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini, which is all owned by the Volkswagen Group.
Known for sport bikes and street bikes using L-Twin engines, the Ducati company was founded in 1926. The company’s Italian holdings were decimated during World War II bombings and like other famous European marques, Ducati rose out of the ashes to its current stature.
Ducati motorcycle production began post-war first as motors attached to bicycles. In the early 50’s the firm was producing stand-along motor scooters, but by the end of the decade Ducati was making its name in the racing world.