• Aug 4th 2006 at 8:03PM
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Volkswagen subsidiary Automobili Lamborghini is carving out a bigger niche in the exotic car market now that it's under the wing of VW's Audi brand. The automaker has seen sales in the first half of 2006 jump 45 percent, from 655 to 952 units, on strong sales of its new Gallardo Spyder, expansion of its dealer network, and a growing international market for exotic automobiles. Sales in the key U.S. market are up 68 percent so far this year.

CEO Stephan Winkelmann confidently predicted that 2006 will set a new sales record for the company, with both the Gallardo Spyder and the Murcielago LP640 models sporting 12 month backlogs.

The company has expanded into new markets in Asia and Eastern Europe, as it increased its worldwide dealer network 35 percent in the first six months of 2006. Winkelmann is shooting for 100 dealers by year-end.

[Source: Italiaspeed]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a great looking car. Awesome color!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah the grey paint is great, it works really well with the dark grey/black interior. Makes it look like a jetfighter. Very aggressive looking.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This will be another hit in the market. Exciting bravado.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Lamborghini having BULLish year"

      i actually laughed when i read that. probably one of the most clever blog 'article' titles i've seen.

      i believe the correct response is "Bravisimo"
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Lamborghini in the photo looks like it just rolled out of the spray booth with a primer coat of paint. A car carrying a lofty price like that should have looked like a million bucks at the show, not like a car that looks half done!
      • 9 Years Ago
      The grey paint is fantastic. An earlier photoshoot LP640 was in a darker matt grey and looked equally mean. Similar to Audi's Nimbus Grey on the TT. If they can do one in matt black which doesn't show up on speed cameras I'd love one.