• Jun 10th 2009 at 6:00PM
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After several years of record growth, Lamborghini, like most automakers, is struggling in a tough economy. Sales are down 30% so far in 2009, and the Raging Bull even laid off factory workers for seven weeks in an effort to keep down inventories. Chief Executive Stephan Winkelmann told Reuters that he expects the sales slump to continue through 2010, saying that the "crisis is very deep."

Winkelmann points out that sales are down over 40% in the US (Lamborghini's top market), and the company's waiting list has dropped from one year to six months. Lamborghini's struggles closely mirror problems with the economy at large; areas that have been hit by investment banking and real estate woes aren't in the market for Italian supercars.

Regardless of the dim forecast for the next 18 months, Winkelmann is still bullish when it comes to profits. The company cleared 60 million euros in 2008 ($84 million in US funds) and the Italian automaker expects to remain in the black even if sales take a 40% plunge. And the world renown luxury exotic automaker will have to stay solvent while vastly improving its carbon footprint. Lamborghini plans to reduce CO2 emissions coming from its vehicles by 35% in six years.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the smaller car companies are going to fair better than the larger one. They seem to be able to react quicker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what I don't get: "After several years of record growth, Lamborghini, like most automakers, is struggling in a tough economy. Sales are down 30% so far in 2009,"

      If they had record growth for so long, then surely a *single* *year* of contraction isn't so bad. To gain so much for so long, and then blow it all when a tight spot comes along, they must be run by a bunch of lunatics with no idea how to manage their pennies. What works at the home level must surely work at the business level, right?

      Personally, I've had significant losses for a few years, yet now with a pay freeze, cut benefits, no bonuses, and so on, I'm actually finding I'm gaining something this year. But what would I know? I haven't been to bloody business school: I can write without moving my lips.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This really bugs me. If they had thousands of unsold cars sitting around like many of the large manufacturers do, then shutting production for seven weeks could be seen as necessary.
      But these waiting lists have been created artificially by restricting supply for years so that demand seems high, their cars seem even more desirable due to limited supply, and they get to keep their profit margins at maximum levels.

      It's not like Lamborghini is struggling as a company, so why are they putting their factory workers through the pain of an enforced shutdown??
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