After surveying the European economic scene, Volkswagen may have decided now is not the time to launch utility vehicles with Bentley and Lamborghini badges. Bentley officials say they will continue to push for support for the EXP 9 F and Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelman has said planning for the Urus will continue until VW tells it to stop.

That decision could come on November 23, when VW's board will vote on the company's budget for equipment, factories and vehicles. With VW's sales slowing and the Euro economy slumping further, some industry watchers say the company is more likely to build its cash reserves than to introduce super-expensive luxury SUVs or crossovers.

"Such vehicles are anything but obligatory during a crisis," says Frankfurt-based Equinet AG analyst Tim Schuldt in a new Automotive News Europe story. "Delaying their launch would be no drama but help save costs."


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will be glad when that foul looking Bentley SUV prototype is sent to the crusher!!!
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great Success! Take the Macan with you.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is with the huge wheels? It is as if some kid drew the design and said, "I like big wheels."
        ratpack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        and what's the point of making SUV's... SUV's are like overweight wagons, with more rideheight (wannabe off-roaders?) and too big wheels which are not suitable for off-road use... now how stupid is that?
      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's easy to forget that things in Europe are so bad when the US seems to be doing better and better. This probably wouldn't sell much in Europe anyway, so I think it's a mistake to put the project on hold.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the whole purpose for these cars was to sell the bilk of them in Russia and China? They can kill the Bentley but I think the Lmabo has some potential.
      CaddyV8
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Urus is one sexy SUV.
      emailharishmj
      • 2 Years Ago
      well, this car is very nice car. it has good and excelent features. I am eagerly waiting for this car to come in market.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dammit!! I really wanted to buy one of those!
        hgeorgech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @muspod
        wonder what they'll allow you - on tradin - for your '86 Yugo?
      guinnessfanatic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thank god.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe instead of making new designs they should have just done a straight nose-job on the Cayenne. That's what people would want, anyway, and couldn't cost much in terms of R&D.
      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good call...if for no other reason than BOTH vehicles need to be redesigned into something a LOT more "visually desirable". Both are total dogs.
      RXHMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://fav.me/d53zsdq BLACK VER ;]
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