The main catch, it said, is that in India, when a big car is imported, the effective tax rate may go up to 200%: meaning, the car’s price may triple by the time it gets to the buyer.
“This is not good for business. We are not hindering local businesses by making and importing these cars here,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president and CEO, Automobili Lamborghini. “Protection from our cars is not required. These are highly innovational technological products. They do not create traffic or add to pollution.”
In India, Lamborghini sells two models, the Gallardo and the Aventador, priced between Rs. 2.8 crore and Rs. 6.3 crore (ex-showroom Delhi). The company is planning an SUV range that should be ready by 2017.