VW is considering its options with the Italian supercar brand.
As the Volkswagen Group moves into an expensive period transitioning its technology towards electric drivetrains, the multinational is looking to maximize its value while getting ahead of an expected industry shakeout. According to Auto News Europe, part of that strategy could include either selling Lamborghini or putting the supercar brand up for an IPO. The publication cites sources "who asked not to be named because the deliberations are confidential and no decisions have been made."
VW has allegedly already started preparations to fold Lamborghini into a separate legal entity and could be completed by the end of the year. If Volkswagen is indeed seeking to divest itself of a brand and bring in some cash, Lamborghini is the obvious choice.
Along with consistently strong sales of its supercars, the Lamborghini Urus has done extremely well and there's little doubt it's contributing to Lamborghini's current valuation of $11 billion. With a new hybrid supercar set to hit the market next year, Lamborghini is a solid proposition to float as an IPO or be sold outright to bring in a nice chunk of change for Volkswagen.
Volkswagen's plan moving forward will be to focus on its three main global brands: Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche while figuring out what to do with its nine other automotive brands that include Bentley, Bugatti, Skoda and Seat for cars, Scania and Man for industrial trucks, and Ducati for motorcycles. How they will all be taken into account as VW Group's CEO Herbert Diess looks to reach a market value of $220 billion will be interesting to watch.