Volkswagen is also reported to have given investment bank Evercore the task of evaluating options for funding its post-Dieselgate strategy shift, reports Reuters.
Other reported cost-cutting measures are the loss of 30,000 jobs within the next few years, and the streamlining of the Volkswagen brand. If sold, Ducati will be the first manufacturer to be trimmed from the Volkswagen Group portfolio.
Competitor firms such as Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha would all likely have an interest in acquiring Ducati.
Autocar is awaiting comment from Volkswagen.