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Ferrari apologises over Chinese wall
Ferrari has apologised after an employee of a Chinese dealership was filmed performing donuts in a 458 Italia on the top of a 600-year-old Nanjing city wall in China.
The incident took place prior to an event organised by the same dealership, intended to celebrate 20 years of Ferrari sales in China ahead of the 2012 Beijing Motor Show. However, the anniversary celebrations were immediately cancelled when the transgression came to light.
MSN Cars has spoken to Maranello, and learned that Ferrari has apologised unreservedly for any offence caused by the actions of what it describes as a single person “acting on their own initiative”.
The company also says it has contacted the local authorities in Nanjing, and is “happy to collaborate in any way” to repair any damage done to the Ming Dynasty artefact as a result.
At the time of writing, it seems there is little evidence of any lasting harm to the city wall – beyond the obvious tyre marks.
There remains some confusion about what the car was doing up there in the first place, with local officials disputing the Chinese dealership’s claim that it had arranged permission to display the 458 on top of the wall as a static exhibit.
Ferrari has confirmed that none of the individuals involved are under its direct employment.
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