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Does Volkswagen Own Lamborghini?

Volkswagen Auto Group parents a mighty team of manufacturers. But how steeped in the world of exotic performance cars is VW? Does Volkswagen own Lamborghini?

When did Lamborghini Automobili first hit the scene?

The history of this brand is just about as fun as it is to say. Officially Lamborghini Automobili began back in 1963. But the roots of this legendary performance brand go deep. It all started with Ferruccio Lamborghini.

An image of a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ on track.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ | Lamborghini

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“Born in 1916, this capable, impetuous, strong-willed Taurus was the leading character in the foundation of the company and the early phases of its extraordinary history.”

Lamborghini

According to Lamborghini, Ferruccio decided to build a factory for luxury sports cars after he’d already built wealth. After World War II, he built a tractor factory. This was just one of the first ventures that ultimately gave Lamborghini a presence in the automotive engineering space as well as playing an integral role in building the brand that ultimately came to be the Lamborghini we know today.

A sports car to take on Ferrari

Once established, Lamborghini turned his sights toward his passion. He wanted to realize his dream of building a luxury sports car that could actually take on the iconic Ferrari name. Most in the industry doubted Ferruccio Lamborghini and judged him for the unnecessary extravagance of such a feat.

An image of a Lamborghini Diablo SV parked outdoors.
Lamborghini Diablo SV | Curated TV via YouTube

Still, the project broke ground toward the end of the year 1962. By 1963, Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini was a true business entity. The first model––the 350 GTV––debuted at the Turin Auto Show in late 1963. From there, the brand continued to uphold its core values and remains one of the most competitive luxury sports producers in the world.

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Does Volkswagen own Lamborghini?

According to MotorTrend, Lamborghini ownership has taken some interesting turns. We know that Lamborghini founded the brand in 1963. But then what happened?

Over the years, the brand has evolved from the mid-engine models that staked a claim in the luxury sports car arena to high performance crossovers. The Lamborghini Urus was the first of its kind in 2017.

a red lamborghini Miura S parked in a gallery on display
Lamborghini Miura S | We Are Curated Miami

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But who owns Lamborghini these days? It is, in fact, Volkswagen. In 1973, Ferruccio retired and sold the company. After changing hands again in 1984, Chrysler bought the brand in 1987.

When did Volkswagen buy Lamborghini?

Chrysler then sold the brand to investment firms in Indonesia and Malaysia in 1994, but Lamborghini became a part of the Volkswagen Auto Group family in 1998. Today, Volkswagen still owns the luxury sports car brand. However, it has been enveloped by Volkswagen’s Audi division and there Lamborghini remains. It now maintains status as a successful brand in terms of year-over-year sales.

“With 167 dealerships throughout the world, the company has seen global sales growth for the last nine consecutive years, with 8,205 cars delivered in 2019.”

Volkswagen AG

The Lamborghini headquarters are still in Italy. Sant’Agata Bolognese in Northern Italy is the place this brand calls home. True to its roots, yet supported by trickle down innovation and technology from Audi and VW, Lamborghini is a name people love and a car drivers live for. The brand is still considered Italian, despite its ties to Volkswagen Auto Group.