The company's production plant in Italy will be closed until March 25th.
Bologna in northern Italy is home to Lamborghini's production plant, but it's also situated in the midst of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks, with Italy currently the European country that is being hit hardest by the pandemic. As a result, Automobili Lamborghini will be closing its facility in Sant'Agata Bolognese at least until 25 March, starting today.
The decision is said to be based on government directives, not a surprise since pictures of deserted Italian streets have been circulating online as the country goes into lockdown to curb the continued spread of the virus. Stefano Domenicali, the Chairmen and CEO of Lamborghini, said: "This is an act of social responsibility and high sensibility towards our people, in the extraordinary situation in which we find ourselves in Italy, and which is also evolving abroad."
Domenicali went on to say that "as we have done up until now, we continue to monitor the situation in order to react rapidly and with the right flexibility, in collaboration with our people and in order to restart with energy in the right moment." Ferrari, which builds its cars in Maranello, reported earlier this week that operations will continue, although it did have to shut doors to its museums recently.
In a statement on the Italian automaker's corporate site, it said: "Ferrari has activated all of the measures necessary to allow their employees to conduct their working activity in the best possible conditions and therefore, at this moment in time, confirms its operational continuity." Still, with the situation worsening by the day, we wouldn't be surprised to hear Ferrari following Lamborghini and downing tools entirely.
Lamborghini's Sant'Agata Bolognese facility was significantly expanded a few years ago and the facility contributed to the brand delivering over 8,000 vehicles last year, buoyed by the success of the Urus SUV. While these volumes may seem low alongside other mainstream manufacturers, they're excellent in the context of the marque's high-priced exotics.
It remains to be seen whether the factory will re-open on the 25th as planned, but for now, production is at a standstill until the spread of Covid-19 can be contained. We'll keep you updated as we learn more about the impact of the pandemic on automakers' production plants.