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1995 Pininfarina Argento Vivo

1995 Pininfarina Argento Vivo

Shedding light on one of the most obscure cars ever conceived

The automotive world is one of enormous diversity. Quite often designers are given the green light to unleash their imagination giving us some truly amazing stuff. That said, the modern-day regulations has been cracking down harder and harder on the automotive design language, and many amazing concepts remained one-offs. Those with deep enough pockets, however, have a bit more luck than the average person. The Argento Vivo is one of those extremely rare cases where a concept car has been granted production status. Here are nine interesting facts about the unique roadster.

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Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina's Future?

Does This Rendering Accurately Predict Pininfarina’s Future?

It’s staggering work from a talented up-and-coming designer

Pininfarina is responsible for some of the most provocative-looking cars in history. From legendary machines like the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari Enzo to staggering custom creations like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Hyperion, BMW Gran Lusso Coupe, and Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo, Pininfarina’s design DNA can be found in some of history’s most attractive rides. Automakers far and wide have come to Pininfarina for their automotive design needs, and the Italian design house has proven time and again that it’s the go-to firm for those needs. A big part of the studio’s success rests on the designers that it has in the fold.

One such designer, Daniel Gombo, technically isn’t employed by Pininfarina, but he did just finish his master’s thesis under the supervision of the Italian firm and part of that thesis required Gombo to design a vehicle.

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2019 Pininfarina Pura Vision Concept

2019 Pininfarina Pura Vision Concept

Pininfarina’s answer to the Ferrari Purosangue

Pininfarina, once Ferrari’s preferred coachbuilder, is now busy establishing itself as a standalone automaker. It put its best foot forward by unveiling the radical Battista hypercar that promises to be one of the fastest four-wheeled things on the planet and now it’s doubling it down by announcing a whole range of models, the first of which will be an SUV. Fear not, however, as the Pura Vision isn’t your average sporty SUV as Pininfarina aims to deliver supercar-level performance under a skin that both resembles a four-door GT and the existing Battista. It sounds like a match made in heaven.

Coming with an outlandishly appointed cabin and a class-bending profile, the Pininfarina Pura Vision could seriously reduce the market share of Lamborghini’s Urus and Ferrari’s upcoming Purosangue. While we’re yet to feast our eyes with the pre-production prototype showcased to prospective customers during a series of VIP events held by Pininfarina in August during the Monterey Car Week, those that have are talking about a sleek and not overly complicated design so typical of Pininfarina, one that’ll only be matched by its impressive performance. At this stage of the game, the Pura Vision might become Pininfarina’s most important product so they have to get it right.

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Peak Inside the Pininfarina PF0 Electric Supercar

Peak Inside the Pininfarina PF0 Electric Supercar

A high-tech cabin for a surefire stunner

Pininfarina’s up-and-coming PF0 luxury electric hypercar is headed to the Geneva International Motor Show next year, but before it drops in Switzerland, the Italians will reveal a fresh concept version in California. The PF0 is slated to go on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next week, and to stoke the flames of excitement, Pininfarina just released a series of new teaser shots showing off the car’s interior.

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Pininfarina Teases PF0 All-Electric Ultra-Luxury Hypercar Before August Debut

Pininfarina Teases PF0 All-Electric Ultra-Luxury Hypercar Before August Debut

Electron-powered speed, timeless styling chops

Pininfarina, the legendary Italian design house that created a slew of breathtaking vehicles for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati, among others, has been rather busy lately creating the next generation of highly desirable sports cars. The firm branched off as Automobili Pininfarina back in April, rebranding itself into a futuristic, forward-thinking mobility company, creating models like the Pininfarina HK GT concept in the process. Now, Automobili Pininfarina is teasing a forthcoming all-electric hyperspeed-maker called the PF0, and so far, it’s shaping up to be quite the machine.

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2018 Pininfarina K350 Concept

2018 Pininfarina K350 Concept

This is what an SUV concept should look like

The Pininfarina K350 concept finally broke cover at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Designed for Hong Kong-based automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group (HKG), the K350 is a fully electric SUV concept that the automaker is preparing to develop with the H600 and H500 electric sedan concepts. It’s still not confirmed if HKG is giving the green light to build any of these concepts, but if it does, look for the K350 SUV to be the most prominent of the three. Not only is it an EV, but it’s also an SUV, which, as we all know, is a segment that’s selling like hotcakes these days.

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Pininfarina K350 Concept is The Electric SUV You Want To See Hit The Road

Pininfarina K350 Concept is The Electric SUV You Want To See Hit The Road

From a design perspective, this is another home run for Pininfarina

Pininfarina has pulled the covers off of the K350 SUV, giving us our first look at the electric SUV concept in all its glory. The concept is the latest indication that Pininfarina, together with Hong Kong-based electric automaker Hybrid Kinetic Group, is on its way to becoming a legitimate presence in the electric car industry in the future.

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Pininfarina Teases Sporty K350 SUV For Beijing Auto Show

Pininfarina Teases Sporty K350 SUV For Beijing Auto Show

All-electric four seater

Once a glorious company responsible for many Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia designs, Pininfarina was hit by a big financial crisis in the late 2000s. As a result, the Italian firm ended all automotive production in 2011 and was eventually sold to Mahindra in 2015. The design house bounced back under Indian ownership and created a few concept cars in recent years, including the H2 Speed and the Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo. Come 2018 and Pininfarina is readying a brand-new concept vehicle for the Beijing Auto Show, this time around developed in cooperation with the Hybrid Kinetic Group.

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Pininfarina's H500 Concept Proves That The Design House Has Serious Goals of Becoming an Automaker

Pininfarina’s H500 Concept Proves That The Design House Has Serious Goals of Becoming an Automaker

This new concept will make an appearance in Beijing

Pininfarina is no stranger to unveiling concept vehicles at some of the world’s biggest auto shows. It was in Geneva just last month to debut the HK GT, a sleek electric vehicle that proudly showed off some of the biggest gullwing doors you’ll ever see. Not content with that, Pininfarina is attending the Beijing Auto Show with a new concept vehicle. It’s called the H500, and it’s a luxury fastback-like sedan that looks like the closest thing to a production model that Pininfarina has designed in recent memory.

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Pininfarina Wants To Take On Rolls-Royce and Bentley by Finally Becoming Its Own Car Brand

Pininfarina Wants To Take On Rolls-Royce and Bentley by Finally Becoming Its Own Car Brand

It’s a long time in the making, but we’re all excited about the possibilities

Pininfarina is finally stepping out of the shadows. After years of serving as the go-to design house by some of the biggest automakers in the world, the Italian company has announced plans to become a full-fledged luxury electric car maker. The announcement was made by Pininfarina CEO Paulo Pininfarina, who hinted at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that the company may finally have the capacity to bring to life founder Battista Farina’s dream of turning the company he started into a stand-alone car company.

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Pininfarina Rewrites Future History with the HK GT Concept

Pininfarina Rewrites Future History with the HK GT Concept

This is future we can get behind

The Pininfarina HK GT has spread its wings at landed smack dab in the middle of the Geneva Motor Show. As the fourth model to come from a fruitful collaboration between Pininfarina and Hybrid Kinetic Group, it stays true to Pininfarina’s Italian roots while providing a sense of what high-performance and elegance will be in the future. It has all the bells and whistles, including gullwing doors, a 2+2 layout, electric power, and there’s even a microturbine generator to keep emissions output low and range anxiety at bay. All of that is packaged with excessively fine materials, the right amount of technology, and the performance credentials expected from a future GT.

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Pininfarina Teases its Geneva-Bound HK-GT 2+2 Two-Door Coupe

Pininfarina Teases its Geneva-Bound HK-GT 2+2 Two-Door Coupe

Prepare to be wowed by the HK GT

Every year, Pininfarina makes it a point to turn some heads at the Geneva Motor Show. 2018 will be no different as the iconic Italian design house will bring the HK GT to the big dance. The electric four-seater sports car is described as an “elegant and eco-sustainable Gran Turismo.” We don’t know too much about the eco-sustainable part, but judging by a new teaser image that was released recently, the HK GT looks like it is as elegant as Pininfarina claims it is.

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2018 Pininfarina HK GT

2018 Pininfarina HK GT

Italian styling on top, Chinese EV tech underneath

While Pininfarina is best known as the pen behind such head-turners as the ’67 275 GTB/4, the ’72 Dino 246 GTS, the modern Sergio, and a slew of other models from Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, and Maserati, lately the legendary Italian design house has focused more on wild and futuristic concepts, with recent examples including the H600 luxury sedan that debuted at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, as well as the five-seat K550 SUV and seven-seat K750 SUV at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Each of the three concepts listed is the product of a partnership between Pininfarina and the Chinese-based tech firm Hybrid Kinetic Group, and now, there’s a fourth model on offer. It’s called the HK GT, and it’s framed as an “elegant and eco-sustainable Gran Turismo with two souls,” offering both racing excitement, and comfortable eco-conscious cruising.

Updated 03/15/2018: We’ve added new pics and the latest info on the 2018 Pininfarina HK GT!

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Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show

Pininfarina Teases Electric HK GT Concept For The Geneva Motor Show

Electric sensibility under a zesty Italian exterior

Slowly but surely, the Geneva Motor Show approaches. True, we’re still over a month from seeing the doors swing open in Switzerland for the world’s biggest auto show, but that isn’t stopping some of the braver automakers from teasing us with what’s to come. The latest comes from Pininfarina, which just dropped a pair of teaser images showing off its latest green-minded design study.

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Pininfarina Isn't Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

Pininfarina Isn’t Messing Around, Unveils Two More Concept Models With HKG

The K550 and K750 crossover concepts are bowing at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

Apparently, being under new ownership has breathed some new life to Pininfarina. Long regarded as one of the best auto design houses in the business, the Italian company has since ratcheted up its concept production with a pair of new concepts for its new automotive BFF, Chinese company Hybrid Kinetic Group. It wasn’t that long ago that the two companies joined together to present the H600 sedan, which debuted at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Now we’re seeing two more concepts, the K550 and the K750.

Presented at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, both the K550 and the K750 join the H600 in what could turn into an impressive electric vehicle lineup for the fledgling HKG brand. The two-row, five-seater K550, in particular, is presented as a five-seat crossover concept powered by an electric powertrain that itself is being developed by HKG. The same goes for the much larger K750, which rides taller and longer than its counterpart, thanks in part to having three rows of seating that can accommodate up to seven people. Both models aren’t expected to arrive anytime soon, but like the H600, there appears to be some optimism coming from both Pininfarina and HKG that we’ll end up seeing these models hit the road in production guise soon.

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2017 Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

2017 Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo

A dream concept could turn to reality really soon

Like most supercar brands that are starting off from scratch, Emerson Fittipaldi’s Pininfarina Fittipaldi EF7 Vision Gran Turismo suffers from not having the foundation that other supercar models from more established brands have. The car looks good on paper, but a model’s success isn’t determined on the parcel from which it’s drawn on or even on a full-bodied prototype that debuts at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that Fittipaldi Motors - the company started by the former F1 world champion - actually has plans to bring the EF7 to life.

The road to seeing the EF7 is going to be a long and difficult one to navigate. That’s usually what awaits start-ups who try to bring their works to the forefront. But Fittipaldi does have a few things on its side too, not the least of which is the drive and dedication to see the EF7 evolve into the production supercar he’s always envisioned it to be. He also has partners in the fold to help him get his project off the ground, including Pininfarina, whose work on the car’s design is immediately recognizable, and HWA AG, an AMG spinoff that prepares German touring cars.

The objective is clear, even if the execution is far from. Ultimately, Fittipaldi plans to build 39 units of the EF7, a number that’s tied into the number of races the 70-year old driver won during his long and illustrious career in both Formula One and Indycar.

Easier said than done, right? Well, we’re definitely rooting for the company to prove its skeptics wrong. It’d be nice to see a project car like the EF7 realize its full potential.

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The List Of Competitors Lining Up To Take On Tesla Continues To Grow

The List Of Competitors Lining Up To Take On Tesla Continues To Grow

Now you can add the Hybrid Kinetic and its Pininfarina-penned H600 to that list

The term “Chinese money” is being thrown around a lot these days as it relates to startup electric car manufacturers. Some like Faraday Future are already teetering to the point of collapse while others like Lucid Motors are still on the right side of the fence. Then there’s Hybrid Kinetic, a company not many of us here in the West have heard of but recently made headlines due to its attendance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Remember the

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designed H600 Concept that we saw in Geneva? Well, that’s Hybrid Kinetic’s concept vehicle and according to the company, it won’t be a concept for too long.

HK board member Carter Yeung recently made the proclamation to Automotive News about the concept’s future as a production model, before adding a few nuggets of information regarding the future of the car. According to Yeung, the production model of the H600 will be largely based - around 85 to 90 percent - on the concept that we saw in Geneva from a purely aesthetic point of view. It’s also going to feature electric motors, which will combine to produce as much as 804 horsepower through a battery pack that can be recharged even as the car is on-the-move, all thanks to micro turbine range extender that the company is developing.

And if any of those items aren’t ambitious enough, Yeung also added that Hybrid Kinetic has a long-term goal of building “well over” 200,000 vehicles per year within five to 10 years. Can’t say that the company isn’t short-changing us on its promises, can you?

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2017 Pininfarina H600

2017 Pininfarina H600

Pininfarina’s latest is ready to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Pininfarina was once the coachbuilder of coachbuilders and over the years has designed some of the most beautiful cars the world has to offer. The design house has worked with greats like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati. But, it’s also done work for Chery, Changfeng, and even Hyundai. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Pininfarina is set to display its latest concept, the H600 00 a luxury sedan that’s said to offer the “perfect combination of pure design and eco-friendly technology.” Designed for Hybrid Kinetic Group, the few teaser images we have showcased a sporty and aggressive exterior that is sure to be on point with other Pininfarina designs to go with an interior that’s technologically advanced and fitted with the finest materials available.

Of course, at this point, there’s very little to go by as Pininfarina is waiting until Geneva kicks off on March 7th to spill all of the beans. But, it’s released enough shots to give us a somewhat accurate idea of what we can expect. Of course, we’re talking about Pininfarina here, so it’s far from likely that it will disappoint or not draw a huge crowd at one of the world’s greatest auto shows. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at the few photos we have and talk a little more about it before it makes its debut.

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Mahindra Racing And Pininfarina Release Formula E Concept Designs

Mahindra Racing And Pininfarina Release Formula E Concept Designs

The first Pininfarina designs since the Mahindra buyout

In December 2015, Indian automaker Mahindra announced that it had bought a controlling stake in Pininfarina, one of the most revered automotive design house in the world. The unlikely partnership cause some concern, as many enthusiasts wondered what will actually happen with the Italian firm under Indian ownership. Several months have passed since the purchase and the first result of the new cooperation surfaced the Internet in the form of futuristic Formula E designs.

For those who aren’t familiar with the racing series, Mahindra Racing took part in the inaugural Formula E season in 2014-2015 and returned for a new campaign in 2015-2016. While the first season was restricted to identical chassis and powertrains, for the second season the FIA allowed manufacturers to develop their own electric motors and gearboxes. Private designs aren’t yet allowed, but Mahindra decided to look into the future and create three separate design for when the series will open up once again.

Designed together with Pininfarina, the virtual concepts are very futuristic compared to current Formula E cars. All three propose carbon-fiber bodies and radical aerodynamics, and two of them feature closed cockpits. Mahindra even went as far as to equip a concept with enclosed front wheels and a transparent fin, while removing the rear wing altogether. The No. 23 car is also missing a rear wing, while employing a flat fin and IndyCar-style side pods. It would be interesting to see how these designs actually work from an aerodynamic standpoint, but for the time being it seems that they were made to put the new Mahindra-Pininfarina collaboration in the spotlight.

“Mahindra is a pioneer of EV technology that is always striving to push the boundaries of this exciting new form of mobility. Our participation in the Formula E championship gives us yet another platform to co-create the Future of Mobility. While these innovative designs are a creative project at this stage, I would be thrilled to see the M5Electro look like this," said Anand Mahindra, chairman of the Mahindra Group.

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2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed

2016 Pininfarina H2 Speed

Italian design house makes a surprising reveal at Geneva

Remember when Pininfarina presented the Sergio Concept at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show? Seems like ages ago, right? In truth, it’s only been three years and the Italian coach builder is known for some of the most memorable concept vehicles we’ve seen in Geneva. Back in 2010, it even celebrated its 80th anniversary by rolling out the 2uettottanta Concept. That was a good one too. I’m being a little nostalgic about this because Pininfarina’s latest Geneva offering is the H2 Speed, a hydrogen-powered race car. Wait, what?

To be fair, the H2 Speed does look like something Pininfarina would build. It’s got all the sexy lines that we’ve come to expect from the design house. It even tapped GreenGT to supply the hydrogen powertrain. Clearly, the people behind this concept did their due diligence on this one and by and large, it offers an impressive peek into what the race cars of the future could potentially look like.

But it’s not the Sergio Concept. It’s not the 2uettottanta. It’s not even the Cambiano that the Pininfarina showcased at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Maybe I’m just spoiled by what the company has done in previous years that I expected something entirely different than what we were all given. Maybe it’s got something to do with Mahindra’s recent acquisition of the company. Whatever the case may be, I don’t think people went to Geneva expecting to see this from Pininfarina. Not after what it’s done in the past.

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