FRANKFURT -- Volkswagen Group is actively working on deals to sell non-core assets accounting for as much as 20 percent of the automaker's annual revenues, CEO Matthias Mueller told The Wall Street Journal.
A new team is working to sell businesses no longer considered critical, Mueller told the Journal.
VW Group last year generated just over 217 billion euros ($260 billion) in revenues.
Sources familiar with the matter told Reuters this month that VW had put the 1.5 billion-euro sale of Ducati motorcycles on hold after resistance from German trade unions and internal rifts on strategy.
Labor leaders at VW, who hold half the seats on the 20-member board, have strongly opposed a sale, regardless of price.
Mueller told the Journal that VW's governance structure meant that the talks over Ducati would take time.
"The list (of asset disposals) has not been put away on the shelf. But we’re not going to let anyone tell us which decision to make," the paper quoted him as saying.
He also said that any talk of a possible merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was "speculation."
"We’re a big company and don’t have any interest in getting any more bloated. There has been a lot of speculation about FCA, which we’ve noted, but it is just speculation and nothing more," he said.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has previously wanted to merge with General Motors but was rebuffed repeatedly, and while he briefly flirted with the idea of a tie-up with Volkswagen, he said in June that there were no talks with anyone at present.