WASHINGTON -- Michael Lock, the top U.S. executive for Volkswagen AG's Lamborghini subsidiary, has left the company, the Italian manufacturer of exotic sports cars said Tuesday.
In a statement, Lamborghini said that as of Tuesday, its collaboration with Lock, who had held the title of COO of Automobili Lamborghini America since last January, "is terminated."
"Automobili Lamborghini thanks Michael Lock for his active support in developing the American branch and in reaching the company objectives and wishes him all the best for his professional and personal future," the statement said.
Before joining Lamborghini, Lock was chief marketing officer of the fledgling Norwegian electric vehicle manufacturer Think, which went into bankruptcy in 2011. Prior to that, Lock was CEO of Ducati North America, the U.S. subsidiary of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, which Volkswagen AG bought in 2012.
Lamborghini currently sells variations on two models: the Aventador and the Gallardo. It has sold an estimated 506 vehicles in the United States through November, up 6 percent from last year, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
The circumstances that led to Lock's departure remain unclear. A spokesman for Lamborghini could not be reached for comment. Lock said in an e-mail to Automotive News that he wishes the company well.
"It was a great opportunity for me and I'm proud of our achievements," he wrote. "I leave with the brand in good health and with momentum."