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German carmaker Volkswagen is interested in buying Italian rival Fiat, German monthly magazine Manager Magazin reported on its website on Thursday, citing unnamed company sources.
Fiat's owners want to shift their focus to the Ferrari supercar brand and quit its traditional automotive business, the publication said, without being more specific.
VW and Fiat's owners are still far from reaching an agreement on a possible price for the Italian carmaker, Manager Magazin said.
Both VW and Fiat declined to comment. The Agnelli family's holding firm Exor, which owns a 30-percent stake in Fiat, had no immediate comment.
VW, which had cash reserves of almost 18 billion euros ($24.36 billion) at the end of March, has repeatedly expressed an interest in Fiat's Alfa Romeo brand despite rebuttals from Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne