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Who thought that the well-known coachbuilder Pininfarina is going to take the „green” way? Well, it’s true! The Italian manufacturer announced that it’s going to produce an electric car in a joint venture with the French manufacturer, Bollore. The new vehicle will be produced in San Giorgio, Italy due to the fact that the production of the Alfa Romeo Spider and Brera will be moved from San Giorgio to Bairo.

The plant will be modified in order to make place for the new production line of the electric vehicle. The yet-unnamed car will be launched as a concept in October, at the Paris Auto Show while the production version will be unveiled in March 2009 at the Geneva Auto Show. According to Pininfarina CEO Sergio Angori, some pre-production units will be released by the end of 2009 while the production vehicles will be released after September 2010.

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Pininfarina Sintesi

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. .

Chinese carmakers Anhui Jianghuai Automobile and Shenyang Brilliance Jinbei Automotive will debut three cars destined for sale in Europe at the Beijing auto show. All three cars - a hatchback, a sedan and a station wagon – were designed and engineered by the Italian design and engineering company Pininfarina.

Anhui Jianghuai will debut a five-door hatchback code-named A107, and a four-door sedan code-named A108 at the show, which takes place April 20 to 28.

BMW’s Chinese partner Brilliance will unveil a BS4 station wagon that was designed and engineered by Pininfarina. The BS4 station wagon has the same 1.8- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines offered on the BS4 large-segment sedan, which went in production in China in August 2007. Pininfarina also designed the BS4 sedan.

Chery unveiled the Pininfarina designed A3 lower-medium sedan and its A3 Sport hatchback variant in 2006. At the Beijing show, Chery will unveil gasoline and diesel hybrid powertrains for its A3 range.

Pininfarina makes great design cars. We all agree that! But this doesn’t mean they don’t have troubles! They do! And big ones! Reason why the company today announced it will propose to its shareholders a 100-million-euro capital increase to reduce its growing debts. The move means that the Pininfarina family will lose its majority in the Italian car design company and coachbuilder. The family currently controls 55 percent of Pininfarina’s voting shares.

The Pininfarina family will underwrite part of the capital increase and also will rely on the support of new investors, such as French battery specialist Vincent Bollore.

In December, Pininfarina announced it will build electric cars with Bollore beginning in 2010.

After the capital increase, the Pininfarina family will remain the main shareholder of the company, but with a diluted share.

A company spokesman told Automotive News Europe that it is too soon to speculate the size of the family’s share after the recapitalization is completed. Last year, Pininfarina’s consolidated net loss increased to 114.9 million euros, compared with 21.9 million euros in the previous year. It revenues increased by 13.8 percent to 670.4 million euros.

After four weeks of teaser imagine and desultory informations about the Sintesi Concept, here are the official informations and images about the concept.

Pininfarina Sintesi

The Sintesi is a sports car with four doors and four seats, developed by a highly innovative approach: it does not consider the car as a shape that covers the mechanicals, but one that gives a shape to the mechanicals around the passengers, starting from the latter. This approach, which is known as “Liquid” Packaging, has overturned traditional volumetric balances, improving weight distribution and lowering the centre of gravity, which are important elements for driving dynamics.

Pininfarina Sintesi

This was made possible by close collaboration with Nuvera, which developed the Quadrivium Fuel Cells system, the various components of which were distributed around the car, with four fuel cells positioned near to the wheels. The result is that the space for passengers is much more generous – in proportion to the total volume of the car – without detracting from the sporty line with its relaxed, elegant profile which is sleek, tapered and aerodynamic (Cd = 0.27). The modular nature of the fuel cells, combined with the batteries and a sophisticated overall electronic architecture (developed with PI Shurlok), allows for modular use of the available power depending on driving conditions.

Full details after the jump.

Here is the 4th and final set of informations about the Pininfarina Sintesi Concept that will be revealed next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Inspired by the Birdcage 75th which was presented years ago also in Geneva, The Sintesi opens up new roads to a form language which Pininfarina intends to explore in the future.

Pininfarina Sintesi - final teaser

The Sintesi Concept will be powered by an advanced fuel cell powerplant that will deliver around 700 hp. It will be a four-seats model, and is a "synthesis of beauty, sportiness and functionality".

Stay tuned, more details will follow next week at the unveiling.

Pininfarina Sintesi first teaser image

Pininfarina today revealed the third round of informations about the Sintesi Concept, including the first teaser image. As the company reports everything in Sintesi has been designed to minimize drag and make aerodynamic performance as efficient as possible.

The concept will feature new technologies, fuel cell and batteries, enables a more sophisticated and integrated use of space. The fuel cells and batteries will be placed all around the vehicle, instead of stacked together in the boot.

Stay tuned for more details!

Pininfarina released today the third round of informations about the Sintesi Concept that will be revealed next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Sintesi is equipped with Clancast technology and it can interconnect automatically with other vehicles, creating a real "living connecting tissue" on which travels every kind of data.

A completely decentralized data-transmission network where cars can communicate to the other vehicles their status and particular events. A network whee traffic and security information can travel updated in real time.

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As you know, Pininfarina will launch the Sintesi Concept in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Last week the company announced that every week until the launch they will reveal new details about the concept.

Last week they revealed that the Sintesi is inspired by another two Concepts: the Birdcage 75th and Nido; and that the Sintesi (summary in Italian) is a perfect combination of sportiness and functionality.

Pininfarina Sintesi - more details

This week, Pininfarina announced the concept will feature new technologies, fuel cell and batteries, enables a more sophisticated and integrated use of space. The fuel cells and batteries will be placed all around the vehicle, instead of stacked together in the boot.

The Sintesi was designed with notion of "liquid packaging" in their minds. This is a metaphor that express the possibility of fragmentation of once compact, solid parts which now, almost like a liquid, can occupy spaces never used before.

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