Final month, the Felicity Ace, a cargo ship on its means from Germany to the US, caught fireplace earlier than sinking on March 1. It additionally took round 4,000 VW Group automobiles with it to the underside of the ocean. Lamborghini needed to restart Aventador manufacturing to switch the 15 automobiles it misplaced on the ship, and now Porsche has introduced it has plans to switch the over 1,000 automobiles it misplaced, too, in keeping with a brand new Autocar report.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume relayed the information to reporters in the course of the firm’s annual outcomes name. Blume mentioned that it’s “as much as us” to switch the automobiles, which will not be a straightforward process because the model faces vital provide chain points and semiconductor shortages like the remainder of the auto business. Neither scenario will assist Porsche, although the corporate is hopeful. Blume added that Porsche is “used to working with challenges over the past two years.
Blume did not present a timeline for when clients would obtain their substitute automobiles, nor did Blume specify the fashions it misplaced. We all know Lamborghini misplaced 15 Aventador Ultimae fashions, although the cargo ship was additionally transporting Urus SUVs and Huracan supercars. Lamborghini misplaced 85 automobiles within the incident. VW Group sellers started notifying affected clients final month, with estimates suggesting that the misplaced automobiles have been price greater than $401 million.
Bentley, Audi, and VW additionally misplaced automobiles on the ship. Audi has already introduced that it’ll construct an additional 1,800 automobiles to compensate for the loss, whereas Bentley plans to switch half of the 189 automobiles it misplaced on the ship. Bentley plant to switch the opposite half of lacking automobiles by the top of this yr.
There had been hopes that the ship was recoverable, with a big salvage vessel towing the cargo ship to a safer space; nonetheless, that did not occur. The ship’s in depth injury couldn’t face up to tough climate, dooming the ship. The ship now rests two miles beneath the ocean’s floor in worldwide waters. The incident occurred 220 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal’s Azores Islands within the North Atlantic. It’s unclear who will salvage the ship now.