The Italian government is luring Lamborghini with incentives to secure domestic production of its expected future SUV (Lamborghini Urus), says a new report from Automotive News Europe. Citing unnamed sources, the report reveals that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s government may offer as much as 100 million euros in tax breaks and other benefits to keep Lamborghini from looking elsewhere to produce its performance SUV.
The Lamborghini Urus (condename: LB 736) concept was first unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show in April 2012. The company refused to share powertrain specifications except its power output of 600 hp. The concept measures 4,990 mm long, 1,990 mm wide and 1,660 mm high. The height was kept unusually lower to give a sportier stance and make it look like a typical Lamborghini performance vehicle. Furthermore, 24-inch forged aluminum wheels with a double-spoke design and matte finish add even more to its rugged and monstrous look. The company plans to target the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, the Middle East and China, and predicts its annual production to increase to around 3,000 units, with the concept’s production version.
According to the new report, a meeting took place in Rome on Tuesday between officials of the sportscar maker and the government officials. Both the parties agreed to have another meeting as soon as possible to reach an agreement, suggesting that the Urus’ production is likely to get the go-ahead soon.
Audi on its part said it is yet to decide on the production of the Urus, however the new report, citing sources, says that the company aims to get production approval from board by the end of June. Lamborghini may hire as many as 300 workers for assembly of the future SUV, as per the report, which will mark its reentry into the SUV segment after it axed the LM002 in 1993.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]