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Porsche Plans To Replace Over 1,000 Cars Lost On Sunken Cargo Ship

It won’t be easy with ongoing supply chain issues and semiconductor shortages.

The Felicity Ace, a cargo ship travelling from Germany to the United States, caught fire last month and sank on March 1. It also carried 4,000 Volkswagen Group automobiles to the ocean’s depths. According to a new Autocar article, Lamborghini had to resume Aventador production to replace the 15 cars it lost on the ship, and now Porsche has declared intentions to replace the roughly 1,000 vehicles it lost as well.

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During the company’s annual results call, Porsche CEO Oliver Blume informed reporters of the news. Blume stated that it is “up to us” to replace the vehicles, which will not be an easy task given that the brand, like the rest of the auto industry, is experiencing substantial supply chain challenges and chip shortages. Neither situation will benefit Porsche, despite the company’s optimism. Over the last two years, Porsche has become “accustomed to working with problems,” according to Blume.

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Blume didn’t say when consumers would get their new automobiles or which models it had lost. Though the cargo ship was also delivering Urus SUVs and Huracan supercars, we know Lamborghini lost 15 Aventador Ultimae models. The incident resulted in the loss of 85 Lamborghini automobiles. Last month, VW Group dealers began alerting impacted consumers, with estimates putting the total loss at vehicles than $401 million.

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Vehicles from Bentley, Audi, and Volkswagen were also lost aboard the ship. Audi has already stated that it will manufacture an additional 1,800 vehicles to compensate for the loss, while Bentley has stated that it will replace half of the 189 automobiles lost on the ship. Bentley plant to replace the other half of missing cars by the end of this year.

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There had been expectations that the cargo ship could be towed to a safer location by a huge salvage vessel, but this did not materialise. The ship’s significant damage rendered it incapable of withstanding heavy weather, dooming it. The ship is now two miles beneath the surface of the ocean in international seas. In the North Atlantic, the incident occurred 220 nautical miles off the coast of Portugal’s Azores Islands. It is currently unknown who will recover the ship.

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