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- A month ago, the cargo ship Felicity Ace caught fire and eventually sank in the Atlantic Ocean while carrying around 4,000 VW Group vehicles, including Lamborghinis, Audis, Porsches and Bentleys.
- Fifteen of the lost vehicles were $500,000 Aventador Ultimae models, which had officially ceased production. Lamborghini said Car and driver that he restored the supply chain to build more after a “great effort”.
- VW doesn’t say exactly how it will rebuild or redirect vehicles to ensure anyone who ordered a car that was lost will still get theirs in the end, but said insurance will cover damage and customers will be informed of their individual situations.
Around 4,000 new Volkswagen Group vehicles were on board the Felicity As cargo ship that first caught fire a month ago and then sank in the Atlantic Ocean near the Azores on March 1. This week, VW confirmed it would replace premium vehicles that have been lost, including 15 Lamborghini Aventadors that cost around half a million dollars each.
A Lamborghini spokesperson confirmed Car and driver that 85 Lamborghini vehicles were on the Felicity Asincluding 15 Aventador Ultimae models.
“We are working to prioritize production capacity to ensure orders are replaced as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said. “We will try to minimize the impact on customers as much as possible. With great effort, we managed to re-establish the Aventador Ultimae supply chain to restore the missing cars.”
Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said Automotive News that every customer with an ordered vehicle on the now sunken vessel will eventually receive their new ride.
“We have thought together and fortunately we are able to replace these cars, so there will be no loss for our customers in the United States due to the sunken ship. This is good news”, Winkelmann said. “And everything else, we can replace it. The Aventador was tough, but we did it.”
VW Group, owners of Lamborghini, also released a statement on the sunken vehicles which made it clear that while the automaker was relieved to learn that the ship’s entire crew had been rescued, it really can’t say anything. on the vessel, the accident, sinking or any environmental consequences, as the Volkswagen Group was not the owner of the vessel.
“Nearly 4,000 vehicles from the group’s brands sank with the ship,” the company said. Car and driver. “Vehicle damage is covered by insurance. The cargo was destined for the US market. Brands and dealers have already started informing their customers and finding individual solutions.”
Bentley Motors CEO Adrian Hallmark said Automotive News that the company has found a solution to replace more than half of the 189 Bentleys lost with the ship (redirecting unsold vehicles from other locations) and that the remainder would be taken care of within the next six months.
“We do smart things with dealers to keep [those customers] mobile, which I won’t discuss,” Hallmark said.
There were approximately 1800 Audi vehicles on the Felicity Ace, and they too will be replaced, said Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, without going into detail about how that will happen.
While all of the VW brands that have lost vehicles on the ship are finding ways to replace them, the Aventador Ultimae models are the most difficult, as they were limited-edition vehicles that had officially ceased production. In that way, the news of the replacements is similar to how Porsche restarted production of the limited-edition 911 GT2 RS when a small number of those vehicles sank with a ship in 2019.
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