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When you’re at the top of the automotive food chain, you are free to say what you want with impunity. Bugatti CEO Thomas Bscher’s remark “we don’t want rappers” was the reigning outrageous statement , but now, Ferrari head honco Amadeo Felisa has taken the title, laying down the law on hybrids, the “green” trend and emissions regulations in a very diplomatic manner.
The interview is fairly short (only four questions) but the talk with Autocar gets straight to the point. You know exactly what Felisa’s getting at when he says that “Lowering emissions of every Ferrari will not save the planet, but it will cost us a lot of money.” Ferrari’s are never daily driven, and the amount of time they spent on the road means their carbon emissions are negligible.
With even Porsche readying their hybrid supercar, it’s nice to see that one company is willing to be totally unapologetic and politically incorrect, even if the facts are on Ferrari’s side.
Gallery: Ferrari 599 Hybrid
Women in China buy four times as many Ferraris as women in North America, thanks in part to newfound prosperity and a glut of female entrepreneurship.
Of the 220 Ferrari cars sold last year in China, 44 were bought by women. In an interview with GoAuto, Ferrari CEO Amadeo Felisa stressed the importance of the Asia-Pacific market. “We don’t see big possibilities (to increase sales) in Europe and we don’t see big possibilities in the U.S.,” he said “But for sure we have not exploited the potential we have in Asia-Pacific as well as the Middle East and East Europe.”
Felisa also stressed that Ferrari would adapt their production to meet the needs of the Chinese market, but it would not oversupply the market with cars. Ferrari spokesman Antonio Ghini once said that “…