VW Group luxurious manufacturers Bentley and Lamborghini have pledged to interchange the shopper automobiles that have been destroyed when the cargo ship taking them to the US final month caught hearth and sank. 

The Felicity Ace was transporting round 4000 Volkswagen Group automobiles from the Emden port in Germany to Davisville, Rhode Island, earlier than a fireplace began within the maintain from an as-yet unknown supply. All 22 crew members have been safely rescued by the Portuguese Navy. 

Salvage work was beneath option to get well the 650ft-long ship after the hearth had been extinguished, however it listed to starboard earlier than sinking on 1 March, because of structural points attributable to the hearth and tough seas, according to its supervisor. An investigation into the reason for the hearth is beneath approach, and there was no indication of whether or not the blaze took maintain within the engine room or in one of many automobiles. 

Particulars of exactly which VW Group fashions have been onboard have nonetheless but to be confirmed, however Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann advised reporters forward of the annual Audi Group convention that the model was delivery 15 Aventador fashions stateside on the boat – all from the run-out Ultimae sequence, restricted to 350 coupés and 250 roadsters.

The Italian model had beforehand stopped taking orders for the Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae after allocating all examples, elevating questions as as to if it might be capable of exchange the misplaced automobiles. However Winkelmann stated: “We put our heads collectively and fortunately we’re in a position to exchange these automobiles, so there can be no loss for our prospects within the US because of the sunken ship.”

Costs for the Aventador Ultimae have been estimated to begin from round £400,000, which put the potential loss from these automobiles alone at £6 million a minimum of. The corporate has not stated how lengthy it would take to interchange the automobiles.

Particulars of different Lamborghini fashions onboard weren’t given, however Winkelmann did say: “all the remainder, we’re in a position to exchange”, suggesting they have been series-production fashions destroyed that may be simply replicated. The agency’s American CEO beforehand confirmed that the Lamborghini cargo comprised largely examples of the Urus SUV, however there have been come Huracáns on board.

In the meantime, sibling model Bentley misplaced “nearly 200 automobiles” in accordance with CEO Adrian Hallmark, clarifying that that they had all been bought however weren’t “end-of-line automobiles” just like the Ultimae. “We’ve already discovered an answer for 100 that we will quickly redirect, and we are going to catch the others up inside six months,” he added.

“We’ve promised these prospects, and we’re performing some intelligent issues within the meantime which we are going to speak about with sellers to maintain them cell.” 

Earlier experiences advised that Porsche had 1100 automobiles on the ship, with one American economist estimating the whole value of damages to the VW Group at $335 million (£247m).