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Pininfarina S.p.A.
TypeSocietà per Azioni
Traded asBITPINF
FoundedTorino, Italy (May 23, 1930 (1930-05-23))
FoundersBattista Farina
HeadquartersCambiano, Italy
Key people
ServicesAutomotive design
Net income€32.9 million (2012)[1]
Employees821 (2012)
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This article is about the Italian design house and coachbuilder. For other uses, see Pininfarina (disambiguation).
Pininfarina S.p.A.
TypeSocietà per Azioni
Traded asBITPINF
FoundedTorino, Italy (May 23, 1930 (1930-05-23))
FoundersBattista Farina
HeadquartersCambiano, Italy
Key people
ServicesAutomotive design
Net income€32.9 million (2012)[1]
Employees821 (2012)
Pininfarina Design Centre

Pininfarina S.p.A. (short for Carozzeria Pininfarina) is an independent Italian car design firm and coachbuilder in Cambiano, Italy. It was founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930.

Pininfarina is employed by a wide variety of automobile manufactures to design vehicles. These firms have included long-established customers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to emerging companies in the Asian market with Chinese manufactures like AviChina, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, and JAC.

Since the 1980s Pininfarina has also designed high-speed trains, buses, trams, rolling stocks, automated light rail cars, people movers, yachts, airplanes, and private jets. With the 1986 creation of Pininfarina Extra they have consulted on industrial design, interior design, architecture, and graphic design.

Pininfarina was run by Battista's son Sergio Pininfarina until 2001, then his grandson Andrea Pininfarina until his death in 2008. After Andrea's death his younger brother Paolo Pininfarina was appointed as CEO.[2]

At its height in 2006 the Pininfarina Group employed 2,768 with subsidiary company offices throughout Europe, as well as in Morocco and the United States. As of 2012 with the end of series automotive production, employment has shrunk to 821. Pininfarina is registered and publicly traded on the Borsa Italiana (Milan Stock Exchange).


The days as a specialist coachbuilder[edit]

When automobile designer and builder Battista "Pinin" Farina broke away from his brother's coach building firm, Stabilimenti Farina, in 1928 he founded "Carrozzeria Pinin Farina" with financial help from his wife's family and Vincenzo Lancia. That first year the firm employed eighteen and built 50 automobile bodies.[3]

On May 22, 1930 papers were filed to become a corporation, Società anonima Carrozzeria Pinin Farina headquartered in Turin, Italy, at 107 Corso Trapani.[4][5] During the 1930s, the company built bodies for Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Isotta-Fraschini, Hispano Suiza, Fiat, Cadillac, and Rolls-Royce.[6] With its close relationship with Lancia, the pioneer of the monocoque in automobile design, Pininfarina became the first coachbuilder to build bodies for the new technique also known as unibody construction. This development happened in the mid-1930s when others saw the frameless construction as the end of the independent coachbilder.[7]

In 1939, World War II ended automobile production, but the company had 400 employees building 150 bodies a month. The war effort against the Allies brought work making ambulances and searchlight carriages.[3] The Pininfarina factory was destroyed by Allied bombers ending the firm's operations.[8]

After World War II[edit]

Cisitalia 202 - Museo Torino
Nash-Healey roadster

After the war, Italy was banned from the 1946 Paris Motor Show. The Paris show was attended by 809,000 visitors (twice the pre-war figure), lines of people stretched from the main gate all the way to the Seine.[9] Pinin Farina and his son Sergio, determined to defy the ban, drove two of their cars – an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 S and a Lancia Aprilia cabriolet – from Turin to Paris, and found a place at the entrance to the exhibition to display the two new creations. The managers of the Grand Palais said of the display, "the devil Pininfarina", but to the press and the public it was the successful "Turin coachbuilder's anti-salon".[10]

At the end of 1945 the Cisitalia 202 Coupé was designed. An elegantly proportioned design with a low hood, it is the car that usually is given credit for establishing Pininfarina's reputation.[11] The Pininfarina design was honored in the Museum of Modern Art's landmark presentation "Eight Automobiles" in 1951.[12] A total of 170 Coupés where produced by Pininfarina.

The publicity of the Museum of Modern Art exhibit brought Pininfarina to the attention of Nash-Kelvinator managers.[3] The subsequent cooperation with Nash Motors resulted in high-volume production of Pininfarina designs and provided a major entry into the United States market. In 1952, Pininfarina visited the U.S. for the unveiling of his design for the Nash Ambassador and Statesman lines, which, although they did carry some details of Pininfarina's design, were largely designed by Nash's then-new in-house styling staff when the original Farina-designed model proved unsuited to American tastes. The Nash-Healey sports car body was, however, completely designed and assembled in limited numbers from 1952 to 1954 at Pininfarina's Turin facilities. Nash heavily advertised its link to the famous Italian designer, much as Studebaker promoted its longtime association with Raymond Loewy. As a result of Nash's $5 million advertising campaign, Pininfarina became well known in the U.S.[3]

Pininfarina also built the bodies for the limited-series Cadillac Eldorado Brougham for General Motors in 1959 and 1960, assembled them and sent them back to the U.S. There were 99 Broughams built in 1959 and 101 in 1960. A similar arrangement was repeated in the late 1980s when Pininfarina designed (and partially assembled) the Cadillac Allanté. The car bodies were assembled and painted in Italy before being flown to Detroit for final vehicle assembly.

The Ferrari partnership[edit]

It started in 1951 with a meeting at a restaurant in Tortona, a small town halfway between Turin and Modena. This neutral territory was chosen because neither Pinin Farina nor Enzo Ferrari wanted to meet at the other's headquarters. Pinin’s son, Sergio Pininfarina recalled, "It is not difficult to imagine how I felt that afternoon when my father, without taking his eyes off the road for one moment told me his decision as we drove back to Turin: "From now on you'll be looking after Ferrari, from A to Z. Design, engineering, technology, construction—the lot!"—I was over the moon with happiness." "[13]

Since that meeting the only road-going production Ferraris not designed by Pininfarina are the 1973 Dino 308 GT4 and 2013's LaFerrari.[14] Their relationship was so close that Pininfarina became a partner of Ferrari in "Scuderia Ferrari SpA SEFAC", the organization that ran Ferrari's race team from 1961–1989,[15] Pinin was a vice president of Ferrari,[16] and Sergio later sat on Ferrari's board of directors.[17]

The move to large-scale manufacturing[edit]

Paris - Mondial de l'automobile 2010 - Alfa Roméo Giulietta Spider - 001

In 1954 to 1955 Pininfarina purchased land in Grugliasco, outside of Turin for a new factory. "the factory in no way would look like the one of Corso Trapani. It would be a car no longer on my measurements but on those of my children, built looking like them; I had this in mind and wanted it" said Pininfarina.

Around the same time Alfa Romeo accepted Pininfarina design over Bertone for the new Giulietta Spider. The Alfa was the first vehicle that Pininfarina produced in large numbers, in fact Alfa Romeo chose Pininfarina to produce the Spider in large part because they felt confident that they could produce 20 cars a day for a run of 1,000 bodies. The Spider was a huge success for Alfa Romeo and Pininfarina, Max Hoffman the importer for the United States said he could sell as many as they could make. In 1956, the first year of production, they produced 1025 units which then expanded to over 4,000 in 1959 the first full year of the new Grugliasco factory.[18]

Usine Pininfarina 406 coupe
2006 Volvo C70

The second generation of leadership[edit]

Starting with the planning for the new plant in Grugliasco in 1956, Pinin started to groom his replacements–Sergio his son and Renzo Carli his son-in-law. To his heirs apparent, Pinin said of the Corso Trapani facility "This old plant has reached the limits of its growth. It has no room for expansion and is far from being up to date. If I were alone I'd leave it as it is. But I want you to decide which way to go–to stay as we are or to enlarge. Either way is fine with me. It's your decision to make and I don't want to know what it is. I'm finished and it's your time to take over. The future is absolutely up to you."[7] In 1958, upon leaving for a world tour Pinin added "In my family we inherit our legacies from live people–not from the dead."[7][19]

1961 at the age of 68, “Pinin” Farina formally turns his firm over to his son Sergio and his son-in-law, Renzo Carli, it was the same year that the President of Italy formally authorized the change of Farina’s last name to Pininfarina.

Pininfarina was run by Battista's grandson Andrea Pininfarina from 2001 until his death in 2008. Andrea's younger brother Paolo Pininfarina was then appointed as successor.[2]

Modernizing for a new world[edit]

Starting in the mid-1960s, Pininfarina started to make investments in the science of automotive design, a strategy to differentiate itself from the other Italian coachbuilders.

In 1966, Pininfarina opened Studi e Ricerche, or the Studies and Research Centre in Grugliasco. The research centre occupied 8000 sq. metres (2 acres) and employed 180 technicians capable of producing 25 prototypes a year.[20]

The Calculation and Design Centre was set up in 1967, the first step in a process of technological evolution which, during the 1970s, would take Pininfarina into the lead in automated bodywork design.[21]

Then in 1972 construction of a full-sized wind tunnel was completed. The project was started in 1966. When it opened, it not only was the first wind tunnel with the ability to test full-sized cars in Italy, but also one of the first in the world with this ability.[21] To put this foresight in perspective, GM's full-sized wind tunnel didn't open until 1980.[22]

New infrastructure and expansion[edit]

The 1980s started a period of expansion for Pininfarina.

In 1982 the company opened “Pininfarina Studi e Ricerche" in Cambiano. It was separate from the factory and wind tunnel in Grugliasco, to keep design and research activities independent from manufacturing. On October 14, 2002, Pininfarina inaugurated a new engineering center. The new facility, which was built at the Cambiano campus, to give greater visibility and independence to the engineering operations.

In 1983 Pininfarina reached an agreement with General Motors to design and build the Cadillac Allanté. The Allanté project led the building the San Giorgio factory in 1985.[23]

In 1996, Mitsubishi entered into talks for Pininfarina build their new compact SUV, the Pajero, in Italy. While Mitsubishi recognized Pininfarina's expertise in design and engineering, the reason for choosing them was that manufacturing costs were half of those in Germany.[24] After entering into an agreement in 1996, Pininfarina purchased an industrial site at Bairo Canavese near Turin, Italy. in April 1997, Bairo Canavese was dedicated to the production of the new Mitsubishi Pajero Pinin.

Pininfarina Sverige AB in Uddevalla, Sweden, was established in 2003 as a joint venture (JV) between Volvo Cars and Pininfarina to produce a new Volvo convertible that will be sold in Europe and the United States. The JV is owned 60% by Pininfarina and 40% by Volvo.[25] The C70 model designed by Volvo's John Kinsey—was launched on 13 April 2006, sharing the Volvo P1 platform used in the S40.

New economic realities[edit]

In April 2008, after three years of serious losses totaling 115 million euros at the end of 2007,[26] Pininfarina made the first of several moves to raise capital and restructure its enormous debt:

April 29, 2008[edit]

Pininfarina's announced Piero Ferrari, Alberto Bombassei, chairman of Brembo, and the Marsiaj family, founders of the Sabelt seatbelt company, will join with Vincent Bollore, a French financier, and Ratan Tata, head of India's Tata conglomerate, who already announced their plans to invest, reports Reuters. The five will together invest €100 million.

Funding will come through the sale of stock to other investors. The Pininfarina family is willing to reduce its share from its current 55% to 30%, which is still enough to secure a controlling interest.[27]

December 31, 2008[edit]

On December 31, 2008 Pininfarina announced a debt restructuring that would require the family to sell it's stake in the company. The agreement was made after Pininfarina's value dropped 67 per cent during 2008, and it now has a market capitalization of only about €36m. It had total debts of €598m at the end of November. Of that amount, €555m was the subject of the debt restructuring agreement that was agreed on with a consortium of banks.[28]

March 24, 2009[edit]

Pincar, Pininfarina's family holding company, announced it has hired Leonardo and Co to find a buyer for its 50.6% stake in Pininfarina per the debt restructuring agreement reached in December.[29]

January 4, 2011[edit]

Pininfarina released a statement saying that it is still gathering "possible offers from potential buyers," adding it would release more information when it was appropriate.

Company sources added, the family will not sell its entire 50.7% stake but that Pincar would no longer be a majority shareholder.[30][not in citation given]

February 14, 2012[edit]

Italy's Pininfarina family is set to lose control of the car design company as lengthy debt restructuring talks head toward the finish line, people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. A 16.9 million euros loss in the first nine months of 2011 occurred after closing its manufacturing operations to re-invent itself as a smaller niche design player.

An agreement with creditor banks including Intesa Sanpaolo, UniCredit, Mediobanca and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena to restructure net debt of 76 million euros is on track and will be reached in the coming months, said three sources close to the situation. "The debt situation is stable and the talks are not contentious, so there is no hurry," said one of the sources, speaking on condition anonymity. "The agreement will fix the capital structure for the foreseeable future."

When finalised, the debt accord will give control of the family's 77 percent stake to its creditor banks, ending the Pininfarina family's ownership.

The deal will close a chapter that began in 2008 when the banks swapped 180 million euros in debt in exchange for a promise of proceeds from a future sale of part of the Pininfarina's family stake.

But no takers materialised. Potential buyers were not willing to acquire a design company when they can easily contract its services, said one of the people familiar with the situation.[31]

February 15, 2012[edit]

In a statement released on 15 February, the Cambiano-based company, which owes over €100 million to a number of Italian banks, said its debt repayment date has been extended to 2018, from 2015.

The agreement, which will be signed in the next few weeks, will also see the company take advantage of interest rates “significantly lower than [current] market rates”. With the new debt restructuring deal with its creditors Pininfarina will remain under the control of the Pininfarina family.[32]

May 16, 2012[edit]

Automotive News reports Pininfarina projects it will turn a profit for 2012, thanks in part to debt restructuring. The Italian design studio hasn't seen a profit in eight years, but signed a deal in April to restructure $182.6 million in debt. The move effectively stretched the studio's repayment deadline from 2015 to 2018. At the same time, Pininfarina announced it will likely see an operating loss this year, but a one-time gain of $57.6 million will result in the net profit. Last year, the company lost $8.3 million in the first quarter, though that figure has dropped to just under $4 million during Q1 2012.

Pininfarina also saw its net revenue increase by $2.9 million.[33]

March 26. 2013[edit]

Pininfarina in the black for first time since 2004 Italian design house Pininfarina predicted last May that it would face an operating loss for 2012 but still come out with a net profit. Both predictions have come true – the company is reporting an operating loss of 8.2 million euros and a net profit of 32.9 million euros ($42.5 million US).

According to Reuters, the good news came because of a debt restructuring arranged last year that gives the company three more years to repay its $182.6 million in debt, and a one-time gain of roughly 45 million euros ($57.6 million US). It is the company's first profit since 2004.[34]

The end of car production operations[edit]

On December 10, 2011 Pininfarina announced it would end all automotive production. In truth production ended in November 2010 with the conclusion of the contract to produce the Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider at the San Giorgio plant.[35]

Grugliasco factory[edit]

Opened in 1958 with nearly 1,000 employees, by 1960 output exceeded 11,000 car bodies.[36] In 2009 Pininfarina sold the factory to Finpiemonte, the public finance of the Piedmont Region, at the price of 14.4 million euro. Finpiemonte, as part of the deal, leases the plant to Gian Mario Rossignol at a rent of €650,000 per year for six years renewable.[37]

The Grugliasco sale did not include an adjacent structure that houses the wind tunnel.[38]

San Giorgio plant[edit]

Opened in 1986 to build Cadillac Allante bodies for General Motors,[39] the same year Pininfarina was first listed on the Stock Exchange in Milan. Automotive production ended at San Giorgio with the conclusion of the Ford production in July 2010, and Alfa Romeo production in November 2010.[38]

Following the end of contract manufacturing activities San Giorgio Canavese is being used for production of spare parts for cars manufactured in the past.[40]

Bairo Canavese[edit]

Pininfarina opened its third manufacturing plant in 1997. Currently Pininfarina leases the plant and 57 employees to the Cecomp Group. This agreement to produce 4,000 electric Bolloré Bluecars runs April 1, 2011 to December 31, 2013.[40] On September 13, 2013 a new lease agreement was announced, this new agreement will run from January 1, 2014 until the end of 2016.[41]

Uddevalla, Sweden Pininfarina Sverige AB[edit]

A joint venture between Pininfarina S.p.A. and Volvo Car Corporation began in 2003. Volvo and Pininfarina S.p.A. have agreed upon the termination of the joint venture agreement regarding Pininfarina Sverige AB and its operations in Uddevalla, Sweden. As of December 31, 2011 the termination this agreement would result in a 30 million euros fee paid to Pininfarina.[40]

On June 25, 2013 the last Volvo C70 was produced and the Uddevalla assembly plant was closed.[42]


Pininfarina rarely gave credit to individuals,[43] that policy seems to have changed in recent years[44] and many of the designers of the past have become known. As of 2011 Pininfarina employs 101 people in their styling department, that is down from 185 in 2005.[45][46]

Paolo Martin at work


Pininfarina designs, manufactures, assembles, and tests prototypes and production vehicles under contract for other automakers.

Past production[edit]

As of December 10, 2011 Pininfarina announced it would end all mass automotive production with the sale of its 40% stake in the Uddevalla, Sweden plant to Volvo in 2013. In the past Pininfarina has produced both cars and car-bodies under contract from other automakers. This production includes Pininfarina-designed cars and vehicles designed by others.

A sortable list of complete cars or car bodies manufactured in one of the five Pininfarina factories:

1946–1949Maserati A6 1500 Turismo107 Corso Trapani58[62]
1947–1952Cisitalia 202107 Corso Trapani170
1947–1951Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Cabriolet107 Corso Trapani64[63]
1948–1951Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet107 Corso Trapani25-30[64]
1948Maserati A6 1500 Spider107 Corso Trapani2[65]
1950–1952Lancia Aurelia B50 Cabriolet107 Corso Trapani265
1950–1958Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupé107 Corso Trapani2,640[66]
1952Alfa Romeo 1900 C Cabriolet107 Corso Trapani88[67]
1952–1953Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupé107 Corso Trapani100[68]
1952–1953Ferrari 212 Inter cabriolet107 Corso Trapani2[69]
1952–1953Ferrari 212 Inter coupé107 Corso Trapani11[69]
1952–1953Lancia D20 coupé107 Corso Trapani7[70]
1952–1954Nash-Healey107 Corso Trapani402[71]
1953Ferrari 375 MM Spider107 Corso Trapani15[72]
1953Lancia D23 Spyder107 Corso Trapani4 (re-bodied D20s)[70][73]
1953-1954Lancia D24 Spyder107 Corso Trapani6[70][74]
1954–1957Fiat 1100 TV Coupé107 Corso Trapani126[75]
1954–1955Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America107 Corso Trapani240
1954Lancia D25 Spyder107 Corso Trapani4 (re-bodied D24s)[70][76]
1954Maserati A6 GCS/53 Berlinetta107 Corso Trapani4[77]
1956Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider107 Corso Trapani521
1956–1958Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider107 Corso Trapani5,493[78]
1956–1961Peugeot 403 Cabriolet107 Corso Trapani2050[79]
1957–1959Lancia Appia Pininfarina Coupe 2 +2 Series II302
1958–1960Ferrari 250 GT Coupe PininfarinaGrugliasco335
1959–1962Alfa Romeo Giulietta SpiderGrugliasco11,503[80]
1959–1960Cadillac Eldorado BroughamGrugliasco200
1959–1967Lancia Flaminia CoupéGrugliasco5,236[81]
1960–1963Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2Grugliasco955 including prototypes[82]
1962–1971Lancia Flavia CoupéGrugliasco26,084[83]
1962–1965Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 SpiderGrugliasco10,336[84]
1963Ferrari 330 AmericaGrugliasco50[85]
1964-1967Ferrari 330 GT 2+2Grugliasco1080[86]
1966–1968Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Duetto 1600 SpiderGrugliasco6,322[87]
1966-1968Ferrari 330 GTCGrugliasco604[88]
1966-1968Ferrari 330 GTSGrugliasco100[89]
1966–1985Fiat 124 Sport SpiderGrugliasco198,120[90]
1967Ferrari 330 GTC Coupe SpecialeGrugliasco3[91]
1968–1972Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider 1300 and 1600 JuniorGrugliasco4,913[92]
1968–1972Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider VeloceGrugliasco8,920[93]
1969–1983Peugeot 504 CoupéGrugliasco22,975[94]
1969–1983Peugeot 504 CabrioletGrugliasco8,191[94]
1971–1972Ferrari 365 GTC/4Grugliasco505[95]
1971–1975Lancia 2000 CoupéGrugliasco
1976–1985Ferrari 400Grugliasco1,808
1981–1984Lancia Beta Coupé HPEGrugliasco18.917[96]
1981–1985Peugeot Talbot Samba CabrioletGrugliasco13,062[97]
1981–1986Fiat CampagnolaGrugliasco15,198[96]
1984–1993Ferrari TestarossaGrugliasco / San Giorgio[98]-
1984–1986Alfa Romeo 33 GiardinettaGrugliasco12,238
1985–1989Ferrari 412 & 412 GTGrugliasco576
1984–1993Peugeot 205 CabrioletGrugliasco72,125[99]
1986–1993Cadillac AllantéSan Giorgio Canavese21,430
1992–1996Ferrari 456 GT3289[100]
1993–2000Fiat Coupé72,762
1993–2002Peugeot 306 CabrioletSan Giorgio Canavese
1996–1999Bentley Azure Mark I Convertible895[96]
1996–2000Lancia Kappa SW9,208
1996–2004Peugeot 406 CoupéSan Giorgio Canavese107,633[96]
1999–2005Mitsubishi Pajero PininBairo Canavese and Grugliasco68,555[101]
2000–2004Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider 916 seriesSan Giorgio Canavese15,788[96]
2002Pininfarina Argento Vivo4–5
2002–2005Ford StreetkaBairo Canavese37,076[102]
2005–2010Alfa Romeo BreraSan Giorgio Canavese21,786
2006–2010Alfa Romeo SpiderSan Giorgio Canavese12,488
2006–2010Ford Focus Coupé CabrioletBairo Canavese36,374[103]
2006–2013Volvo C70Uddevalla, Sweden
2006–2008Mitsubishi Colt CZCBairo Canavese16,695
1974–1981Lancia Beta Montecarlo CabrioGrugliasco4,375
1975–1981Lancia Beta Montecarlo CoupéGrugliasco3,203
1981Lancia 037Grugliasco220
1971–1976Fiat 130 CoupéGrugliasco4,491[96]
1966–1972Fiat Dino SpiderGrugliasco1,583[104]
1976–1984Lancia Gamma CoupéGrugliasco6,790[96]

Notable car designs[edit]

1961 Austin A40 Farina Mk II
1961 Fiat 2300
Ferrari Dino berlinetta

Pre World War II[edit]

Before the war Pininfarina built car bodies mostly for individual customers, many of the bodies where "one offs" and not mass-produced.

Concept cars, Prototypes and Individual commissions[edit]

In addition to production vehicles, Pininfarina creates prototype, show, and custom cars for auto manufacturers, as well as private clients. Most prototypes—such as the Ferrari Mythos—have served solely as concept cars, although several have become production models, including the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and Ferrari F50.

A recent privately commissioned custom example was the Ferrari P4/5 of 2006, a one-car rebody (changing the exterior design) of the Enzo Ferrari according to the client's specifications. Its design began in September 2005 with sketches by Jason Castriota moving through computer aided sculpture and stringent wind tunnel testing. More than 200 components were designed especially for the car though the engine, drivetrain and many other components are simply modified from the original Enzo Ferrari. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unchanged from the Enzo it was derived from. The P4/5 was publicly revealed on August 18, 2006 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and shown again at the Paris Motor Show in late September. Another recent prototype is the Pininfarina Nido, a two seater sub-compact that could possibly make airbags obsolete.

The Pininfarina B0 solar-electric concept, designed with Bolloré was shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show featuring a range between charges of more than 150 miles (241 km) with an electronically limited 88-mile-per-hour (142 km/h) top speed, and an estimated acceleration to 37 miles per hour (60 km/h) in 6.3 seconds.[111] The car has solar panels on the roof and on the nose, while its battery pack is said to last up to 125,000 miles (201,168 km).[112]

On May 15, 2013 Pininfarina announced the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé to be revealed on May 24 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Pininfarina announced this one-off concept car as the first collaboration between BMW and Pininfarina,[113] but in 1949 BMW commissioned Pininfarina design and build a prototype of the BMW 501—it was rejected for being too modern.[114]

Production Cars Designed by Pininfarina[edit]

A list of Post WWII cars designed by Pininfarina that went into production.

Electric propulsion[edit]

Pininfarina B0

Pininfarina has an area dedicated to the new electric car Pininfarina Bolloré. Batteries are produced by the French Bolloré Group.[207]

Pininfarina, has introduced its own electric vehicle concept, the Pininfarina B0 (pronounced "B Zero"). The four-seat hatchback features a solid-state lithium-polymer battery, supercapacitors, and a roof- integrated solar panel to achieve a range of 153 miles (246 km). Developed in partnership with the Bolore Group, the vehicle is slated for limited production in 2009.[208]

Pininfarina will display a turbine-powered plug-in hybrid called the Cambiano at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.[209]

Other vehicles[edit]

1991-1997 Re 460 locomotive and IC 2000 train

Other works[edit]

Pininfarina also works with other companies such as SimpleTech for product design.[216]

Other Pininfarina product designs include the 2006 Winter Olympics torch, cauldron and medals, as well as major appliance collections for Gorenje.[217]

Pininfarina logo on Coca-Cola Freestyle machine

Pininfarina was a design contractor for the development of Coca-Cola Freestyle.[218][219]


Pininfarina Extra, founded in 1986, is the Pininfarina Group design company which does not work in the transport sector. Examples include:

See also[edit]


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