Ingolstadt/Sant’Agata Bolognese, 2014-05-22
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is known for innovative, dynamic and highly passionate luxury super sports cars. The Italian brand, headquartered in Sant’Agata Bolognese in northeastern Italy, has been part of the Audi Group since 1998.
* The fuel consumption and emissions values of all models mentioned in the text and of all models available on the German market are listed in the last chapter of this basic information.
The “Terra di motori,” the land of engines in the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy, is a region of high technology culture and tradition; no other part of the world is so strongly influenced by a passion for fascinating high-powered engines. Sant’Agata Bolognese, around 25 km (15.53 miles) north of Bologna, has been the home of Lamborghini ever since the company was founded by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963.
The twelve-cylinder engine, a crowning achievement of engine design, is inseparably associated with the brand. Even the first Lamborghini models like the 350 GT drove off the assembly line with a V12 that was highly innovative for its time. In the company’s first years, this engine with its 3.5 liters of displacement and 320 hp constituted the foundation for continual increases in power and more advanced development.
Looking back on the past 50 years, one model stands out as the ultimate classic Lamborghini – the Miura. Built from 1966 to 1972, it was the first radical sports car from Sant’Agata Bolognese and the first Lamborghini to bear a name from the world of bullfighting. The two-seater was one of the most powerful cars of its time with up to 283 kW (385 hp) of power, and it set legendary records for top speed. Its ultra-flat body concealed innovative technology – a transverse mounted V12 made the Miura the first mid-engine sports car for street use.
At 4.39 meters (14.40 ft) long, 1.78 meters (5.84 ft) wide, but only 1.05 meters (3.44 ft) tall, the two-seater appears to crouch over the asphalt, while the flowing lines of its aluminum body express concentrated power. Low-profile folding headlights characterized the front end; the driver would activate one switch to open them upwards, then a second switch to turn them on. Originally designed to be a low-volume product to showcase technology and styling, the Miura unexpectedly became a sales success. Instead of the targeted total production of 50 units, over one hundred of the cars were produced at the quickly expanded plant – every year.
The successor to the Miura was also a success – the Countach was in the product line-up from 1974 to 1990. Its styling based on the strict use of wedge-shaped lines and the now longitudinally mounted V12 mid-engine proved to be timeless. In the Diablo, which followed the Countach, large sections of the body were made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the first time – a high-end material in which the brand has continually built up its competence right up to today. The Diablo VT of 1992 was the first Lamborghini to offer all-wheel drive, which is now a standard feature of all Lamborghini models.
The Italian super sports car manufacturer has been a 100 per cent subsidiary of AUDI AG since July 1998; the acquisition has developed into a big success story. The Gallardo product line, established in 2003, has developed into the most successful Lamborghini model series ever with over 14,000 produced cars. Identifying features included its V10 engine and aluminum body, in which Lamborghini and Audi exploited significant synergies. Systematic implementation of lightweight design is one of the core competencies of the two brands.
In Sant’Agata Bolognese, 1,029 employees work at the 200,000 m2 (49.42 acre) plant site where the Aventador* and from 2014 onwards the new Huracán* are produced on two lines. The “Centro Stile” built in 2004 is a state-of-the-art world scale design center. A photovoltaic system on the roofs of the plant buildings, the largest in the Emilia-Romagna industrial region, generates electricity. This is an important step towards attaining CO2-neutral production, which has been defined as a goal for 2015. Automobili Lamborghini was the first company in the Italian automotive industry to earn EMAS certification and ISO 50001 certification; they are a testimony to the brand’s achievements in environmental management and energy efficiency.
In the V12 series, the Diablo was followed at first by the Murciélago and the Reventón; the latter in an exclusive limited series. The Aventador made its debut in 2011, and at the beginning of 2013 the brand introduced an open-top version. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster* accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 350 km/h (217.48 mph). A key component of its technology package is the CFRP monocoque with the characteristic scissor doors. Its drive unit is an extremely high-revving and torque-strong naturally aspirated V12 engine with 6.5 liters of displacement and 515 kW (700 hp) of power. The CDS cylinder deactivation system and the innovative Stop & Start system with high-performance capacitors, known as supercaps, enhance its efficiency.
Lamborghini has made decisive strategic moves for developing the corporation and the brand into a future of growth and innovation. At the 2012 Beijing Motor Show, a new idea made its debut – the Urus might become a new entry in the segment of sporty SUVs. The concept car combines fascinating design and excellent driving performance with a versatile character and everyday practicality. The study received overwhelming public applause worldwide.
The Lamborghini Veneno, the exclusive new model from the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show utilizes CFRP high-end material. It is sold in only three units. With its 552 kW (750 hp) of power and excellent aerodynamic efficiency, this Lamborghini is a race car for the streets. At the end of 2013 the Roadster Version was presented in Abu Dhabi on the Italian aircraft carrier Cavour as the excellence of Italian car industry.
Since the beginning of the century and as a result of ongoing high investments into the model range as well as into technological innovations Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. has found itself on a continous ascent. In 2013, the super sports car manufacturer increased its customer deliveries from 2,083 to 2,121 units.
2013 was the third year of sales increases in a row. With 1,001 units of the Lamborghini Aventador sold, it also marked the record year of V12 sales. “In the year of our 50th anniversary, Lamborghini has delivered a very satisfying performance, confirming the strength of our product and commercial strategy”, said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. “Even in its last year of production the Lamborghini Gallardo has shown strong sales, whereas the Aventador has beaten all records of V12 model sales in our history. The USA and China are our biggest single markets, the Middle East and Japan are very strong and Europe is in line with the trend in our market segment.” Customer interest is giving the company reason for great confidence: current orders for the Aventador Coupé and Roadster have already filled production capacities for the next 12 months.
The year 2013 also marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of Automobili Lamborghini. With a series of international activities, the celebrations culminated in the “Grande Giro Lamborghini 50° Anniversario” in May. The “Giro” was the largest gathering of Lamborghini drivers from all over the world. It led the drivers through some of the most beautiful regions and cities of Italy to finish in Sant’Agata for the ultimate celebration event on May 13th.
In 2014, the company is set to continue on its path of success. The year is marked by the global launch and sales start of the successor of the Gallardo, the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4. The company will continue to invest into the brand presence on major markets and further increase its dealer network. Lamborghini is also engaged in car racing – the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo is held on three continents. After five seasons in Europe and a successful debut in Asia in 2012, the world’s fastest one-make series has been launched in the USA in 2013.
Facts and Figures
Chairman of the Board of Management: Prof. Rupert Stadler
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn
Employees (AUDI AG): 52,563 (December 31, 2013)
Employees (Audi Group): 73,751 (December 31, 2013)
Deliveries to Customers (2013): 1,575,480 Audi-brand automobiles
Production (2013): 1,608,048 automobiles (incl. Lamborghini and CKD)
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Sant’Agata Bolognese
President and CEO: Stephan Winkelmann
Models*: Lamborghini Huracán, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Employees: 1,029 (December 31, 2013)
Production (2013): 2,122 automobiles
Fuel consumption of the models named above:
Lamborghini Huracán fuel consumption figures 449kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.5; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 290
Lamborghini Aventador fuel consumption figures 515kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 16; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 370
Lamborghini Aventador Roadster fuel consumption figures 515kW:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 16; Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 370