Lamborghini to electrify away from Geneva
It’s looking more and more like the traditional motor show is dying. Carmakers are increasingly forgoing motor shows in favour of self-hosted events and Lamborghini is also going down that path. It has confirmed it will not be appearing at the Geneva Motor Show to focus on standalone events.
The news came buried in a press release about the Italian’s successful 2019, which was largely attributed to the Urus. The Super SUV sold nearly 5000 vehicles globally, up 182 per cent compared with 2018, when Lambo shifted 1761 of its sports SUV. Behind the Urus was the Huracan, which sold 2139 units in total, while the keys to a new Aventador were given to 1104 customers. Total Huracan sales (14,022) have now eclipsed those of the Gallardo, Lamborghini’s previous all-time best seller. The Huracan beat out the Gallardo within five years, compared to the ten years that its forebear was on sale.
As for 2020, the only model we know for sure that’s coming is the track-focused Urus ST-X. This has undergone a weight reduction diet, while suspension/chassis tweaks add to dynamics but there’s no extra power. A plug-in hybrid Urus is expected at some point to fight it out with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Bentley Bentayga PHEV.
Lamborghini is also developing “hybrid variants for all next-generation super sports car models.” That means the Huracan and Aventador successors will sport hybrid powertrains, with the Aventador the first in line.