Report: Lamborghini sales won’t pick up until Murcielago successor launches

As announced earlier this week, Lamborghini ceased production of the Murcielago as the 4,900th unit, a Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, left the production line in Sant”Agata Bolognese. While this is a time of celebration for the Italian supercar manufacturer, CEO Stephan Winkelmann admits that sales will not pick up again before the second half of 2011 with the launch of the Murcielago’s successor.

“This will surely have an impact on our sales performance,” Winkelmann said. “Compared with 2009, we will pay for the absence of the Murcielago this year.”

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“In general terms, a return to the record levels seen in 2007-2008 will not be immediate, considering the slow demand from markets like Europe and the United States,” Winkelmann said. “We see a recovery starting from the second half of next year.” Lamborghini sold a record 2,430 cars in 2008.

The Lamborghini Murcielago’s successor, know as the Jota, will be powered by a direct-injected V12 unit making at least 700-hp. 0-62 mph is expected to come in 3 seconds with a top speed of more than 230 mph.

– By: Omar Rana

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