Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.
Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.
In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.
Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.
Looking ahead to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show this March, Italian coach builder Pininfarina has officially unveiled the first teaser image of their latest ground-breaking creation: the Cambiano.
As is the case with a lot of teasers coming out these days for Geneva, Pininfarina is keeping a closed lid on any information surrounding the Cambiano, opting only for a few descriptive sentences to kick-start our imaginations into complete overdrive.
In the case of this intriguing concept, Pininfarina has bared this nugget of information describing the car: "it is an elegant and refined sport sedan, conceived with great attention to the environment, both as to the engine and as to the materials’ choice."
Reading between the lines, it appears that the car could be some sort of hybrid sports car that carries the company’s distinctive and provocative styling. Consider us intrigued. As far as the name of choice is concerned, Pininfarina chose Cambiano as a tribute to the city hosting the Pininfarina Group’s headquarters. It’s also no coincidence that the car is being prepared as a celebratory model of sorts to honor of the 30th anniversary of the Styling Center and the 10th anniversary of the Engineering Center, two branches of Pininfarina that have played critical roles in the design and build of a lot of their ultra-exclusive exotics.
We’ll have more info surrounding the Cambiano in the weeks and days leading up to the Geneva Motor Show. For now, you can ogle over the teaser image of the car, which is what we’ve been doing for some time now.
UPDATE 01/13/2012: Pininfarina has unveiled the second teaser for their Cambiano concept; an image that reveals part of the side of the vehicle. It looks as though the Cambiano will have a short bonnet and a set of large alloy wheels. There also seems to be no air inlets, leading us to believe this could be a full-electric vehicle.
UPDATE 01/19/2012: We are getting one step closer to the official opening of the Geneva Motor Show and Pininfarina is offering us a new teaser image of their Cambiano concept. This was shows off the intricate detailing of the roof. Enjoy!
UPDATE 02/06/2012: Pininfarina is continuing its teaser session for the Cambiano concept with a new video of the car set to be released at the Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!
Back in 2010, Pininfarina was looking for a way to celebrate its 80th anniversary. To do so, it created the 2uettottanta – a concept with a name that pays homage to the Duetto to go with the 80 years of Pininfarina brilliance. Furthermore, the concept was said to pay tribute to Alfa Romeo, which – in 2010 – was celebrating its centenary. In short, the 2uettottanta is a two-seater spider with a 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that was mounted longitudinally – a reference to the 1750 Veloce of 1968. The overall exterior look is where the tribute to Alfa Romeo comes in, with the red body finish and that aluminum shield upfront with triangular air intakes.
The 2uettottanta made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and was immediately loved with its modern design, smooth and visually pleasing body lines, and body panels that sit so tightly together that it’s actually hard to tell that the entire body isn’t one piece. Unfortunately, this concept was never translated into a production model of any kind, but it could have very easily been a big seller in the two-seater, roadster market. Even the interior was simplistic but wild at the same time, and there is just something about the reinterpretation of the instrument cluster and that modern take on the Duetto’s steering wheel that really sticks out.
There’s no denying that the Duetto was an icon that is still celebrated to this day, and Alfa Romeo has a long, rich history that can’t be denied. So, did the 2uettottanta pay rightful tribute to Pininfarina, Alfa Romeo and that iconic Duetto? Check out the review below to see for yourself.
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The design studio Pininfarina has announced that they will unveil a new concept car based on an undetermined Alfa Romeo this March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show as part of the relationship between the two exotic Italian brands and will commemorate both Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary as well as Alfa Romeo’s centennial.
The Pininfarina Geneva concept will continue the tradition of successful spiders that have gone from simple sketches to road going automobiles thanks to the two automaker’s collaborations of the past. The only details that Pininfarina cared to elaborate on is that the show car will continue the two passenger open air spider theme. While we would expect to see something along the lines of a rebodied 8C super car, Pininfarina may surprise us by chopping the top off of a turbocharged Multiair MiTo before removing the back seat following the fuel efficient future trend towards premium compacts that is becoming all too apparent in the automobile industry. Either way it is sure to make the Quadrifoglio crowd proud.
What would you like to see Pininfarina bring to Geneva?
Press release after the jump.
The Pininfarina BlueCar is not just a concept revealed at the Geneva Show. It will also go into production in Italy at Pininfarina starting from 2010. It will be produced between 2011 and 2017, and by 2015 the company hopes to sell around 60,000 units.
An elegant compact MPV with automatic transmission, conceived as a four-seater five-door, the Pininfarina BLUECAR is supplied by LMP (Lythium Metal Polymere) batteries, combined with a device for energy storage (“supercapacity”), manufactured in the Bolloré plants at Quimper (Francia) and Montreal (Canada), which retrieves and stores energy during braking and makes it available when the vehicle re-starts. This means greater acceleration, an increased range and longer lifespan for the car’s battery.
The LMP battery can be recharged at a traditional mains plug and range is 250 km. At equivalent weight, this battery stores five times more energy than a traditional type and recharges in just a few hours. As it does not require any maintenance, it has a life-span of about 200,000 km and provides unparalleled safety. The battery is housed below the floorpan and between the two axles. Due to its low centre of gravity, roadholding is outstanding. Moreover, the electric car produces no gas or fine particle emissions and no noise: LMP batteries thus make a real contribution to the fight against atmospheric pollution.
UPDATE 03/16/11: Two years after it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show amidst promises that it will eventually get the green light for production, the Pininfarina BlueCar is finally ready to hit production after the Italian coachbuilder signed an agreement with Cecomp and Bollore to build 4,000 of these snazzy electric cars for France’s Autolib car sharing service. If things run as smooth as the parties involve hope, then you can expect Autolib to begin offering the BluCar as a rental in a number of French municipalities, including Paris, beginning sometime in the last part of this year.
Full details in the press release after the jump.
After four weeks of teaser imagine and desultory informations about the Sintesi Concept, here are the official informations and images about the concept.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pininfarina today revealed the first sketch of the Sintesi Concept that will be unveiled in five weeks at the Geneva Motor Show. The Sintesi (meaning "summary" in Italian) is a perfect combination of sportiness and functionality.
It is the natural heir to the last two Pininfarina prototypes: Birdcage 75th and Nido.
The Sintesi project has been inspired by the sportiness and innovative styling, the use and the testing of new technologies evident in the Birdcage 75th, shown at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show.
More about the Concept after the jump.