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Lamborghini Headquarters Raided by Prosecutors, Managers Investigated as Part of Dieselgate
Lamborghini may be one of the few VW Group brands whose managers can sleep soundly - I remember I almost used this line in one of the Dieselegate articles I wrote earlier this month. Fortunately, I didn’t.
That would’ve made my report ridiculous, since the Raging Bull’s headquarters has recently been raided by prosecutors, together with Volkswagen’s Italian HQ in Verona as part of an investigation that targets executives at both companies.
The execs are being investigated over alleged fraud, as explained by Mario Giulia Schinaia, the chief prosecutor in Verona. The actual reasons have to do with technical matters, and since Lamborghini is owned by VW, albeit through Audi, the supercar producer’s managers are suspected of having been involved in the actions that have led to the Dieselgate scandal.
The action follows a similar one in Germany, which saw prosecutors raiding both Volkswagen offices and private homes last week. The criminal investigation continues, as more and more details regarding Volkswagen’s plan unfold.
Lamborghini has confirmed that it is “cooperating closely with the authorities.”
The Italian market seems to be a particularly troubled one for the Volkswagen Group
Despite the US and Germany being the most important countries for the Dieselgate scandal, the Italian market seems to put plenty of pressure on Volkswagen.
For one thing, this is the place where rival companies decided to kick VW while it’s down. I’m talking about Fiat-Chrysler and Ford, who are offering incentives for customers who trade in their VWs.
Fiat-Chrysler dealers in Italy are offering rebates of up to EUR1,500 ($1,700) in a bid to attract Volkswagen customers who have become unsatisfied with their brand. As for Ford, the company reportedly asked its Italian dealers to introduce a similar scheme, with the bonus rising to EUR750 ($853).
So yes, those of you reading this on your smartphones, from the leather seats of your Gallardos and Aventadors, can sleep soundly.
Via: Automotive News