Production DetailsThe brand first gave enthusiasts a look at its upcoming SUV at the 2012 Beijing Motor Show and three years later, confirmed it was on its way. In May of 2015, the company announced the SUV will be produced in Sant’Agata Bolognese, substantially increasing the production capacity of its factory there. They say producing the SUV in Sant’Agata Bolognese demonstrates the brand’s commitment to safeguarding the values of ‘Made in Italy’ worldwide. “Lamborghini, Italdesign Giugiaro and Ducati have developed very successfully under Audi parentage, and kept their Italian identity,” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management for Audi AG, in a 2015 press release. “With the decision to produce the Lamborghini SUV in Sant’Agata Bolognese we have proven once more our commitment to Italy as an important automotive industrial nation.” Executives announced at the time that the Italian factory site would see significant development, eventually doubling in size. They said the project would include the construction of new facilities including a new production line, warehousing and the enlargement of the research and development department. In order to get it all done, Lamborghini said that it planned to hire 500 new employees. “This is a proud moment for everybody in Lamborghini,” said Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann in the 2015 press release. “The introduction of a third model line endorses the stable and sustainable growth of the company and signifies for us the beginning of a new era.” In the 2015 press release, the company further explained its reasoning behind its desire to bring an SUV to market. “A luxury SUV sees Lamborghini challenging an unexploited, fast-growing and fascinating car segment, and expanding its clientele significantly. These will include Lamborghini super sports car customers who to date have driven SUV models from other brands, as well as families and customers new to the Lamborghini marque,” wrote the company. Now you may be wondering how the brand came up with the SUV’s unique name. While it may seem odd, it makes complete sense. That’s because the urus, also known as the aurochs, is actually an ancient ancestor of the modern day cow that inhabited Europe, Asia and North Africa. It was an incredibly large animal, weighing between 1,500 and 3,000 pounds. Since Lamborghini’s emblem is a raging bull and the animal is one of the largest bulls ever recorded, the name fits.
Lamborghini LM002The Urus won’t be Lamborghini’s first SUV. That title belongs to the LM002. The brand produced the vehicle from 1986 to 1993. Celebrities Sylvester Stallone, Tina Turner and Van Halen all reportedly owned the SUV. Because of its strength on the road and in the sand, it’s also rumored to have attracted the attention of some other, quite infamous characters including Muammar Gaddafi and Pablo Escobar. Because of its military looks and power, it was given the nickname “Rambo Lambo” after the character in the “Rambo” films. Around 300 or so LM002 SUVs were sold during the years it was in production, making it a decent success.
Our TakeWhile it definitely seems like a long time since Lamborghini first unveiled its Urus concept back in 2012, the powerful sports utility vehicle is well worth the wait. Clearly, the brand is dedicated to making its next SUV a success. It’s hard to imagine Lamborghini offering a plug-in hybrid option or a turbo engine, but evidently it is. It shows that the brand is committed to doing everything it can to re-enter the SUV market in the right way. It also demonstrates how it has had to adapt as the industry continues to change. In 2015, the brand said its target markets for the Urus SUV would primarily be the U.S., China, the Middle East, United Kingdom, Germany and Russia. The company also anticipated annual volumes to be around 3,000 vehicles, doubling the company’s sales performance. You should expect to see the vehicle arrive on the market sometime in 2018.
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