LAMBORGHINI UNVEILS ALL-NEW HURACAN. IT REPLACES THE GALLARDO.

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4  announced dec 20, 20013

IT MIGHT BE IN DETROIT BUT NOT AT THE SHOW.

Public unveiling scheduled for Geneva. First deliveries to start in spring next year

By Giancarlo Perini ©

The public at large will be able to see and check out the new Lamborghini Huracán only next March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. For the time being what they can see is a set of official pictures that tells only a share of the whole story when it comes to its design, looks, proportions and overall appeal. Just as we do. Read the rest of this entry »

IAN CAMERON THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DESIGNER HONOURED BY WELSH MOTORING WRITERS.

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ROLLS-ROYCE-DESIGN-TEAM-2013-web19 November 2013, Goodwood.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced today that the Welsh Motoring Writers Group has honoured Ian Cameron, the marque’s former Chief Designer, with the Automotive Achievement Award.

The honour was presented to Mr. Cameron Richard Woolley, former winner as Director of Design at Land Rover.

Ian Cameron was appointed to the role of Chief Designer in 1999 following the acquisition of the marque by BMW Group, and retired in 2012 and is now running his own company as Principal of Ian Cameron Design Partners

Ian-Cameron-(4)

During his tenure at Rolls-Royce. Cameron led the design team for all Phantom family and Ghost models and is widely credited with creating thoroughly contemporary motorcars that remained sympathetic to the marque’s design lineage.

At the ceremony that took centre place at the Welsh Motoring Writers Group annual dinner at the new Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, Mr. Cameron said: ha was delighted to accept the award in the name of the Rolls-Royce Design Team. «They, after all, are the ones who did the work. As with an orchestra, some designers think it is the chap at the front who deserves the accolades. But it is the team that makes the music and delivers the product so I am indeed delighted to accept this award in their name.  It is because of such a statement that the company has released a picture of the entire Rolls-Royce design team.

FIRST BMW i3 DELIVERED TODAY IN MUNICH

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BMW 2013 i3

By Giancarlo Perini ©

The first set of five BMW i3 will be delivered today at BMW Welt in Munich today. Official sales worldwide start tomorrow, November 16th.

The delivery will be celebrated with a public ceremony, said Mr. Ian Robertson, member of the board of the BMW Group in charge of Sales and Marketing BMW.

The all-new i3 “will be collected by the first buyers who have placed their order” said Mr. Robertson. They are all German residents, according to insider sources and among them is a prominent Bavarian politician “but it is likely she will stay behind the curtain on this occasion” suggested a company speaker.

This means that as of later today if you meet a BMW i3 on your way it might well be a car sold by BMW not owned by the company who has put heavy investments and seven years of development into a white paper EV project for high production volume and any market.

GIORGETTO GIUGIARO TO RECEIVE THE «PREMIO FELTRINELLI» IN ROME.

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giorgetto & fabrizio#33e8b2 AD

By Giancarlo Perini ©

The genius of Giorgetto Giugiaro will be celebrated on November 8th in Rome, Italy by the highest Italian cultural institution »Accademia dei Lincei»

Mr. Giugiaro will be awarded the «2013 Antonio Feltrinelli Prize» that can be labelled the Italian «Nobel» as it celebrates – since 1931 – the world masters in the fields of Moral and Historic Sciences, Natural Physics and Mathematics, Literature, Art and Medecine.

Giugiaro will be joining celebrities such as Thomas Mann, Albert Sabin, Henri Moore, Giacomo Manzù, Bruno Rossi, Laurence Olivier, Igor Stravinsky, Rita Levi Montalcini, Gaetano Salvemini, and Eugenio Montale in this unique olympus.

Giorgetto GIUGIARO

Mr. Giugiaro will receive from Professor Emeritus Alberto Quadrio Curzio who will declare that the famous designer «can be considered the top living designer for his ability to apply the Italian creative fanciness in the area of automobile, trains and industrial products harmonizing aesthetics and engineering.»

The «Premio Feltrinelli» is the latest high prestige prize award to a genius that has already received, inter alia, seven Lauree Honoris Causa from universities around the world, five «Compasso d’Oro” and the “Car Designer of the Century Award».

GG + his Alfa Romeo

Giorgetto Giugiaro is president of Italdesign-Giugiaro, a Turin based company of the Volkswagen Group.

Italdesign-Giugiaro was established in February 1968 as a design and engineering think-tank with a new and innovative holistic approach to car body design. It is estimated that Giugiaro’s company has developed the design for some 200 new cars. In 1971, Giugiaro expanded the company’s horizon and reach to the design and prototyping of all sort of products, from helicopter’s interior to home and office furniture, fron sun-glasses and watches to mega yacht interiors, now performed by Giugiaro Design and Giugiaro Architettura.

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GG+ cars of the early 70ies

TOYOTA PRESENTS NEW TAXI CONCEPT AT TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

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Toyota 2013 JPN Taxi

By Giancarlo Perini. ©

Toyota will soon be unveiling a design concept for the future Japanese taxi. A new taxi that has vaguely  the (black) look and architecture of a London Cab.  The new concept-taxi has been conceived according to the standards for buses and taxis, to be implemented in Japan in the near future. The new standards aim at making pubblic transport more user friendly and make it easier for passengers to enter and exit the vehicle, with special regard to old people and children. Hence the low floor, the high roof and electri sliding door. Japanese taxi are famous for their door opening, manually operated by the driver. The “Tokyo Cab”, actually designed in Nagoya, offerd five seats and a large monitor for the passengers to see information about the route to destination and the fare. For lower emission the vehicle adopts a new hybrid powertrain with the ICE running on LPG.

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STILE BERTONE UP FOR SALE OR CLOSURE.

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Lamborghini-Marzal+Lilli-Bertone

By Giancarlo Perini. ©

Stile Bertone Spa is officially announcing it is asking for the protection of Italian legislation similar to what is referred to Chapter 11 in the U.S.A.

A press release issued by the company today says that the company has applied for the procedure as it is putting all employees under temporary leave protection,”in view of a partner soon”.

The statement adds: «in view of the new ownership, the company management will support the current owners through the current negotiations with three goals: preserve the rich and diversified orders portfolio, develop new projects and safeguard jobs»

For more information please refer to my previous reports.

CITROEN 2014 – THE NEW FRENCH DESIGN & MARKETING REVOLUTION. CACTUS AND DS. I-PHONE OR/AND GALAXY?

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DS 2013 NANJIN STOREBy Giancarlo Perini ©

Citroen keeps reinventing itself for the new global challenges. Reinventing itself is the DNA of the brand, says Frédéric Banzet, general manager of the Citroën brand. «It is a choice; it is a must; it is a strategy».

Citroën is reinventing itself since it adopted the strategy of doubling its character and appeal, by being bipartisan. Democratic and Republican. It is investing in two production lines which have different personalities, different mission and different style; and it is taking a new global start by betting on two product profiling. The C and DS lines. Read the rest of this entry »

JAGUAR DESIGNERS AND ENGINEERS TAKE HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ALUMININIUM C-X17 «INTELLIGENT» ARCHITECTURE.

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Jaguar 2013 C-X17 SUV Concept

By Giancarlo Perini.

Jaguar is not committing to the launch of a Crossover developed from the C-X17 concept just unveiled to great acclaim at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The show-car developed in less than one year is primarily a vehicle for a multiple-directions journey into the near future. Which destinations will come first is still a well-kept secret, such as the related investments and projected production volume. Read the rest of this entry »

CITROEN RE-INVENTING ITSELF WITH NEW C-CACTUS.

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CITROEN 2013 CACTUS CONCEPT IAA 2013 and with Jean-Pierre Ploué.

By Giancarlo Perini ©

Don’t be mistaken; despite its avant-guardistic design the new Citroen C-Cactus is not just another pretty concept cars built to be part of the show in Frankfurt. That was true with the first Cactus, bowed here six years ago. The 2013 Citroen C-Cactus is called a concept simply because it is not on sale yet and it has much bigger wheels that it has been designed for, some special details and a plush upholstery inside. Otherwise this is the production car, only tuned-up and beautified for the show. Read the rest of this entry »

ALFA ROMEO MAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST 4C AN EVENT IN BALOCCO

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alfa romeo 2011 4c 17  MR

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«Today a ceremony was held at the Balocco (Vercelli, Italy) Test Centre to memorialise the delivery of the first five Alfa Romeo 4C ‘Launch Edition’ cars. This European numbered limited edition of 500 supercars marks Alfa Romeo’s comeback to the world of lightweight sports coupés.

Pierluigi De Silvestro (Switzerland), Philippe Walch (France), Carlos Diniz (Germany), Aldo Mariani (the Netherlands) and Stefano Zanotti (Italy). These are the proud owners of the fascinating cars invited to have a thrilling brand experience imbued with the authentic values of Alfa Romeo: Italian style, engineering performance and excellence for maximum driving satisfaction and total safety.»

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