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Big Changes Coming for Lamborghini – Including New CEO

Domenicalli comes in as Winkelmann moves to Audi.

by on Feb.23, 2016

Stephan Winkelmann saw Lamborghini sales double and revenues triple during his tenure.

There are some big changes coming at Automobili Lamborghini, both on the product and the personnel side.

The Italian supercar maker, a unit of Germany’s Volkswagen AG, will be getting a new CEO, to start with, former Ferrari Formula One team boss Stefano Domenicali taking the place, next month, of long-time Lambo Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann.

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But a series of changes Winkelmann has set in motion will continue to move forward, notably including the planned 2018 launch of a new model series, the Urus sport-utility vehicle. That project is expected to double the Italian brand’s total volume in the years ahead.

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Lamborghini Storms into Geneva with New Huracan LP610-4

“Revolutionary, yet easily recognizable.”

by on Mar.04, 2014

Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelman shows off the new Huracan LP610-4 during the Geneva Motor Show.

It was a Category 4 opening for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show with Lamborghini staging the opening news conference and rolling out its all-new Huracan LP610-4.

The Huracan maintains the basic styling cues of the older sports car, a look that’s as much fighter jet as automobile. But there are subtle new details, some borrowed from the maker’s top-line model, the Aventador, most obviously the wedge-shaped silhouette. The Huracan adds side panels gently sculpted to channel air through scoops behind the passenger compartment for the rear-mounted engine.

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“It is revolutionary yet immediately recognizable,” suggested Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelman, as the covers were lifted off the new two-seater. (more…)

Lamborghini Marks 50th With One-Seater

Egoista pushes design envelope to the extreme.

by on May.13, 2013

The Lamborghini Egoista concept seats only one person: the driver.

Lamborghini decided to celebrate its 50th anniversary by unveiling a new concept car, dubbed the Egoista, which even Volkswagen Group’s top designers describes as “extreme.”

However, unlike some concepts its shown in the past, this one won’t be hitting the pavement as it doesn’t meet many safety requirements, such as 5 mph bumpers.

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“It is designed purely for hyper-sophisticated people who want only the most extreme and special things in the world. It represents hedonism taken to the extreme, it is a car without compromises, in a word: egoista (selfish),” explained Walter De Silva, head of design for the Volkswagen Group.

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Lamborghini Readying “Everyday” Supercar

Is production version of Estoque on the way?

by on May.26, 2011

The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque offers a hint of what the maker might offer as an "everyday" car.

When the new Lamborghini Aventador was introduced, earlier this year, it included a feature that allows a driver to slightly raise the nose to prevent the front wing from scraping on speed bumps or steep driveways.

For the Italian maker, that’s about as big a concession as it has ever made for day-to-day driving – most owners pulling their Gallardos and Murcielagos out of the garage only on weekends or special occasions.

But that’s about to change, according to Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who has confirmed an earlier report in TheDetroitBureau.com that the maker is developing what he has dubbed “an everyday car.”

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“We are going to have a third model,” the German-born, Italian-reared executive announced during a conference sponsored by the Reuters news service.  “It has to be an everyday car.  We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”

What Winkelmann has in mind remains to be seen.  In fact, he told TheDetroitBureau.com at the recent Geneva Motor Show that final plans are still under review and likely won’t be completed for some months to come. But one possible direction was offered up by the automaker in the form of the Lamborghini Estoque concept car that was introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.

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First Look: Pagani Huayra

Supercar will hit 60 faster than you can pronounce its name.

by on Feb.16, 2011

Italian supercar maker Pagani is finally set for a U.S. debut with the upcoming launch of the Huayra.

Who says it’s the year of the electric vehicle?  That was so, well, January.  Anyone who attended the recent Chicago Auto Show knows the spotlight has shifted to performance, with the Windy City preview of the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Camaro ZL1.

For someone with the money and desire to have something more exclusive – and quicker yet – Pagani is ready to step in.  And, yes, for those who’ve been following the Italian supercar company, founded in 1992 by former Lamborghini executive Horacio Pagani, the Modena-based maker is finally ready to launch itself into the U.S.

Though you’ll find a few of the old Zondas in the States, they were never formally distributed here, but Pagani plans to set up a formal dealer network now – though we’ll have to wait for specific details.  The good news is that the company’s latest engineering marvel, the Huayra, will arrive sometime this year.

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Volkswagen Group Completes Buy Of Italdesign

Capacity to be expanded; Cieri and Willner new Executive Committee members. Giugiaro is Chairman.

by on Aug.10, 2010

"Italdesign has now become a permanent member of the Volkswagen Group."

The Volkswagen Group has completed the acquisition of Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. (IDG), Turin. Volkswagen now holds a 90% in IDG, including the brand name rights and patents. The remaining shares will stay in the possession of the present owner family Giugiaro.

Ralf-Gerhard Willner (49) and Salvatore Cieri (53) have been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of IDG.

“Italdesign has now become a permanent member of the Volkswagen Group. Given the full order books and numerous interesting projects, the perspectives are better than ever,” said Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.

“In view of our ongoing model initiative and the associated development and design assignments, we will be expanding Italdesign’s highly-motivated and productive team,” Winterkorn added.

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Volkswagen Takes Over Italdesign Giugiaro

Renowned design company is now German controlled.

by on May.25, 2010

Volkswagen has cooperated with IDG and Giugiaro for decades.

The Volkswagen Group will take a 90.1% stake in Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A. (IDG), Turin, including the brand name rights and patents.

The agreement was announced today at a joint press conference in Turin. Regulatory approvals are pending.

The shares are being acquired by Audi’s Italian subsidiary Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. The remaining shares will stay in the possession of the Giugiaro family.

Volkswagen has cooperated with IDG for decades. Giugiaro, arguably, became famous with his Golf I design. He then went on with concepts for high volume models such as the first Volkswagen Passat, Scirocco and the Audi 80, to name just a few. Volkswagen and IDG are now working on the planned Volkswagen Up! model family vehicle, among others.

“With this shareholding in Italdesign, we are participating in one of the most renowned design and development companies with one of the richest traditions in the automobile industry,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft.

“Italdesign is the flagship for creative Italian automobile design and has been instrumental in shaping the face of the automobile industry worldwide,” said Winterkorn.

"Entering Volkswagen means to open up a promising perspective for the company."

Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aldo Mantovani founded IDG in Turin in 1968. Both founders are among the leaders of Italian automobile design. Italdesign is also known for its development center. Today, the company generates sales of more than €100 million and has a workforce of 800 employees.

“Every drop becomes the sea when it flows oceanward. In the last few days, I ran into this sentence while I was reading Sophie’s World by the Norwegian novelist Jostein Gaardner. We are the drop. Becoming part of the Volkswagen Group means reevaluating ourselves and our strength. Entering Volkswagen means to open up a promising perspective for the company,” Giorgetto Giugiaro said.

Sneak Peek: Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce

This bull is raring to go.

by on Mar.03, 2009

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce.

You’re forgiven if you prefer to take a short-cut, rather than saying Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. That takes longer than the roughly 3.1 seconds this bellowing bull needs to launch from 0-60. Try SV, or SuperVeloce, if you prefer, which means “super fast,” in Italian, and is a direct reference to the brand’s classic SportVeloce.

Whatever you prefer, the emphasis is on lighter weight and added power when compared to the standard-issue Murcielago LMP 640, itself no slouch on the performance front. To develop the SV, which is making its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Lamborghini has made extensive use of exotic materials, such as the carbon fiber body panels, and a transparent polycarbonate engine cover, itself set in a carbon fiber frame. Even the navi/multimedia system has been jettisoned, helping the engineers at Sant’Agata slice off a whopping 100 kilograms, or 220 pounds.
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