Lamborghini to decide on SUV in coming months

Lamborghini to decide on SUV in coming months

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BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 23: The Lamborghini SpA Urus sport-utility concept vehicle is unveiled during the media day of the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at beijng International Exhibition Center on April 23, 2012 in Beijing, China. Auto China is China's leading auto show and many of the world's carmakers are in attendance despite lagging sales in the country. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

MILAN (AP) — Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says the automaker will decide in coming months whether to join other luxury brands and expand into all-terrain sports utility vehicles.

Winkelmann said Wednesday that Lamborghini needs to consider the impact of higher SUV volumes on its facilities and where to invest its resources during an economic crisis.

Lamborghini, owned by German carmaker Volkswagen, presented a concept SUV, the Urus, in April with an eye on a 2017 launch. If it went ahead, the carmaker expects to produce 3,000 SUVs a year, beyond the 2,000 super sports cars it already builds.

Winkelmann said the SUV's natural markets would be North America, the Middle East and Asia as well as Britain, Germany and Russia.

Lamborghini sales this year already have surpassed the 1,600 sold in 2011.

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