Interesting news has been emerging, from Germany's Manager Magazin, that the VW Group has been talking to Fiat about buying Fiat, Chrysler and Alfa.

Firstly let's be clear that Fiat has flatly denied it and company boss Sergio Marchionne has mentioned to us many times that 'he talks to other car companies all of the time'.

It does though make some sense to both parties. Volkswagen supremo Ferdinand Piech would finally get his hands on Alfa Romeo (and wouldn't we like to see what VW engineers could do with that).

More importantly, VW would get the scale and dealer network it badly needs to properly conquer America and so achieve its ambition to be world number one by 2018.