The well-known design work company, Pininfarina, decided to make its work famous also outside. They have plans for opening a Research, Design and Engineering Center in Pune, India before the end of 2008. Just some weeks ago during 2008 Auto China show in Beijing, Pininfarina presented its newest design work, the Maserati Gran Turismo S.
It seems that the plan for the Research, Design and Engineering Center is also backed by Tata Motors, who signed a letter of intention to take a minority stake in the center and to place contracts with it. “This agreement witnesses the great attention Pininfarina is dedicating to an emerging and highly developing market such as the Indian one” declares Andrea Pininfarina, Chairman and CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A. .
The center will not just concentrate on the Indian market, it will also provide services for other international automakers. It is not mentioned what this may mean for Land Rover and Jaguar. There have been projects in the past between Pininfarina and Jaguar, which included the 2003 Jaguar X- Type Estate and the 1978 Jaguar XJ Spider. Tata Chairman, Ratan Tata , has recently declared that they plan to take the 2000 Jaguar F-Type concept into production. Regarding Land Rover, there hasn’ t been any work together with Pininfarina yet.