An Over Produced Lamborghini?

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IMG_1187Is it possible that Lamborghini managed to overproduce their beloved baby bull? At the end of November 2013, the very last Gallardo rolled off the production line at the factory in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy; stopping production at 14,022 units!

A Quick History:

Lamborghini first started the Gallardo line back in 2003. It entered the super car market as an entry-level Lambo. It’s “big brother” bull was the legendary Murcielago. The V10 engine in the baby bull produced 439hp and launched the car to 60mph in just 4.10 seconds! The exotic hit the market with a sticker price of $185,000 and has since risen upward of $225,000. Since the early production days in 2003, Lamborghini has released numerous special edition models such as the Superleggera– a lighter, faster edition kept unique by its limited fleet of 172 units. The latest model was the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse which produced 570hp and would cost a buyer $264,195 as just 50 cars were produced worldwide.

Over the years the car has battled the spotlight with everything from the Ferrari F430 to the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG. As the Gallardo was the successor to the Lamborghini Jalpa, it now has paved the way for the newest member of the family: the 2015 Lamborghini  Huracán LP 610-4! The new supercar will be the baby bull to the already established legend Lamborghini Aventador. The new bull will boast a 5.2 liter V10 with 610hp propelling the vehicle to 60mph in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 201mph!

With 14,022 Gallardo’s produced it is Lamborghini’s best selling car. In comparison to these high production numbers, Lamborghini made the Murcielago very rare, only making 3,983 in its 10 year model run. One of the Gallardo’s first competitors, the Ferrari 360 Modena, has 17,800 cars today. This includes coupes, spiders and special editions. The Ferrari F430 has also ended production. Although no specific production numbers have been released, it is estimated that around 8,000 vehicles were produced. The Gallardo definitely tipped the scale when it came to production numbers, however it still remains a more rare sighting than a Ferrari here on Long Island. With so many baby bulls tearing up the road one can expect that they will certainly depreciate at a faster rate than some other vehicles, such as the Murcielago. For these high-end performance car owners, this is not good news. However, for those who dream of one day becoming a Lambo owner this is great news– as prices will fall and more used Gallardo’s will be available.

So was the Gallardo over produced? In my opinion, yes. But, hey, who really cares? All that means is that there are more of these beautiful handcrafted machines roaming the streets of the world, and used models will be available for a “reasonable” price.. perhaps around $90,000.

Tell me what you think!

Check out the stunning Lamborghini here!

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Super Bowl, Super Car Ads: The Best & Worst

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With millions of people tuned into the Super Bowl last night, companies felt pressure to deliver their very best. I mean you wouldn’t want to waste $4,000,000 on a bad ad right? One of the first commercials that really caught my attention was for Maserati. Now, there is a company that you never see commercials for, and I really think they did an amazing job. I’m not here to analyze marketing strategies but seeing, and hearing that new Maserati Ghibli roar was truly great. I also thought that Volkswagen did an excellent job with their “wings” commercial making a very clever reference to the all-time classic movie It’s A Wonderful Life. Coming back to American auto-makers, Chevy’s commercial did nothing for me. It didn’t make me want to go research cars that Chevy offers. Show-casing the Silverado and not the Stingray Corvette was a mistake. Ford did a decent job with some commercials advertising the Fusion, but again, who wouldn’t love to hear and see a 2005 Ford GT, or even a Mustang, to capture the audience. I thought Chrysler had a great commercial with Bob Dylan being their spokesmen. Show casing the stunning new 200, I thought Chrysler did a great job at capturing the audience and of course emphasizing the Made in America slogan. Over to Hyundai, I thought their ad was a bit interesting, but, overall stupid and the Elantra simply just looked plain and cheap. Now that Jaguar commercial was great, seeing and hearing that F-Type Coupe was pure music and they showcased the car in a sexy, professional and fun way. I thought Toyota had a good idea using the Muppets but it really didn’t speak to the audience about why we should buy their cars. Overall, I thought the car world dominated the commercial scene. I was dissapointed with the lack of advertising from some main brand companies such as Ford, Dodge, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Lexus just to name a few. Enjoy what I thought were the overall best car ads below! Feel free to share your opinions!

Maserati Super Bowl Ad