Italian incentives may convince Volkswagen to approve Lambo SUV
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The Italian government has reportedly offered tax incentives, which it hopes will convince the board of the Volkswagen Group to approve a Lamborghini SUV for local production.
According to well placed, but anonymous, sources within the Italian government, Bloomberg has learnt that the current administration has offered a package with 100 million euros ($139 million) worth of tax breaks at its core.
The government, led by 40-year old PM Matteo Renzi, is keen to ensure that any Lamborghini SUV is built in Italy. Renzi’s administration would also like to stimulate job growth, with local production of the crossover said to be worth around 300 full time positions.
Investment in expanded production facilities will also have a flow-on effect for the Italian economy and employment. The business publication believes that talks between the authorities and the car maker will continue today.
A modern Lamborghini SUV has been much rumoured, but despite one headline grabbing concept — 2012’s Urus — a high-riding Lamborghini has still yet to be given the go-ahead.
Car Advice learnt earlier this year, from Lamborghini’s general manager for Asia Pacific, Andrea Baldi, that the bosses at the Volkswagen Group had still yet to approve an SUV for the brand.
Baldi told us, “The matter of convincing the VW Group is a different challenge”. He remained hopeful that any future Lamborghini crossover would be able to carve out its own unique niche within the upcoming super-luxury SUV segment.
With the Bentley Bentayga and the Rolls-Royce off-roader, currently dubbed Project Cullinan, set to focus on luxury and comfort, he said that Lamborghini’s effort will concentrate on “sportiveness”.