For decades the automotive industry has represented one of the most important industrial sectors of the Emilia-Romagna production system. Brands like Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ducati, Pagani and Dallara are just the top of a production chain that includes a high number of specialized suppliers, kept together by the search for absolute perfection.


Our worldwide known automotive cluster is investing in electric vehicles, with many relevant recent Foreign Direct Investments in the last few years (AVL, FEV, FAW, BorgWarner, Lamborghini, Ducati, Energica) supported by the Regional Government.


Regional aerospace has strong connections with the Motor Valley, especially concerning advanced materials, engines, components and software. Other transport vehicles produced in Emilia-Romagna include luxury yachts (e.g. Ferretti), trucks (e.g. Iveco Astra), bus (e.g. EvoBus Italia).

Main brands

Mappa brand motor valley. Loghi: Dallara, Ferrari, Energica, Maserati, Pagani, Rossi (Habasit Group), Hpe Coxa, BorgWarner, Scuderia Alphatauri, Lamborghini, Ducati, Marelli, FEV, Kohler, AVL.

Motor Valley map with brands such as: Dallara, Ferrari, Energica, Maserati, Pagani, Rossi, Hpe Coxa, BorgWarner, Scuderia Alphatauri, Lamborghini, Ducati, Marelli, FEV, Kohler, AVL.


The regional production system is strongly oriented towards Industry 4.0 and electrification, supported by the innovation ecosystem and a business environment that are able to create collaborations and synergies between knowledge system and business. Here are some key actors:

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Clust-ER Mech – Mechatronics and Motoristics

Clust-ER Associations are communities of public and private bodies (research centers, companies, training institutes) created to support the competitiveness of the most important production systems in Emilia-Romagna.


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MUNER – Motorvehicle University of Emilia-Romagna

MUNER groups together four regional universities - Bologna, Ferrara, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Parma - and the motor companies that represent the best of Made in Italy in the world


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Motor Valley

Explore the land where speed was born


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BI-REX - Big Data Innovation and Research Excellence

The Bi-Rex is a Competence Center coordinated by the University of Bologna with a group of 60 stakeholders


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Regional High Technology Network

Discover the High Technology Network industrial research offering in ‘Mechatronics and Materials’

Motor Valley Accelerator

The mobility accelerator of the CDP national network

Main international trade fairs


Parma, IT

Auto e Moto d’Epoca

Bologna, IT


Bologna, IT

Key facts

Automotive in Emilia-Romagna
employees (2021, Infocamere)

Over 61,000

local units (2021, Infocamere)

Over 15,000

export (2022, Istat Coeweb)

9.8 bln €

Turnover (2021, AIDA)

20.9 bln €