THE TIME TO SELL ALFA ROMEO IS NOW.

Alfa Romeo, FORD, Fiat, German Cars, Italian Cars, Pininfarina, Volkswagen 5 Comments »

I think it is time for Sergio Marchionne to present a gift to Italy, to his shareholders and to himself: sell Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen as soon as possible. At the best possible price, sure but without wasting time.

SERGIO MARCHIONNE

By selling now SM will avoid the embarrassment of missing to deliver what he has announced: sell half a million Alfa Romeo by 2015. There is no way he can do it, unless he is thinking of a range of Chrysler derivatives that would carry the Alfa Romeo shield but would be rebadged Chrysler. This can work for Lancia. Not for Alfa Romeo. Read the rest of this entry »

MASERATI PRODUCTION MAY MOVE TO BERTONE.

Bertone, Fiat, Italian Cars, Italian Coachbuilders, Maserati, Sports Cars, Supercars No Comments »

Maserati A6 G_54GT, 1955 (11) AD

Reports published in Modena by the local newspaper suggest that Fiat Spa has plans to dramatically increase output of its Maserati brand raising annual volume to some 50 thousand units with the launch of new rear wheel driven models sharing platform with the new Chrysler 300 and a derivative Alfa Romeo model. Read the rest of this entry »

DESIGNER KARIM HABIB RESIGN FROM MERCEDES-BENZ TO RETURN TO BMW.

Automotive Design, BMW, Concept cars, Designers on the move, German Cars 1 Comment »

By Giancarlo Perini ©

karim habib @ bmw 2  AD

The rush to conquer best design talents is faster and faster.

With the aesthetic appeal emerging as a key selling point for any new cars in a market that is becoming more and more sophisticated top brands compete also in the market of human resources. BMW is recovering one of “his own” stars that two years ago deserted to Mercedes-Benz. Read the rest of this entry »

JEEP LAUNCH RESTYLED COMPASS.

American Cars, Automotive Design, Car Styling, Chrysler, Jeep, Motor Shows, SUV, off-road 1 Comment »

Jeep 2011 Compass

Which way the Chrysler group Design is going is becoming apparent with the launch of the first series of cars and SUV from Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep.

A significant example is the was the “European” sized Compass has been given an attractive face and is now ready to reach the Jeep dealers in North American, just before the 2011 NAIAS. Read the rest of this entry »

BMW M TO LAUNCH NEW M1 COUPE AT THE DETROIT MOTOR SHOW.

BMW, Car Design, Car Styling, German Cars, Italdesign Giugiaro, Motor Shows, Sports Cars, Tuned for the road, coupé 1 Comment »

BMW 2011 M1 Coupé

by Giancarlo Perini ©

The name sounds very familiar and recalls the mid-ship supercar designed by Giugiaro that actually marked the birth of the M (for “Motorsport”) branch of BMW.  That was 32 years ago.

BMW 2008 M1 HOMMAGE

Comes January 2011 and a “second generation” M1 Coupé will makes its World premiere at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Read the rest of this entry »

NISSAN LEAF WINS EUROPEAN COTY..WITH EMBARASSMENT.

Aerodynamics, Automotive Design, Electric Cars, Nissan, Zero Emission Cars 5 Comments »

by Giancarlo Perini (c)

Nissan Leaf 2010 On Tour

I have got to share with you my opinion of the vote in favour of the innovative Nissan Leaf by the 59 members of the European Car of the Year 2011. I have no doubt that among the seven finalists candidate the jury was called to choose their one and only COTY for the year 2011 there could be no contest.  Read the rest of this entry »

BMW INVESTING 530m EURO IN ITS 2013 MEGA CITY VEHICLE.

Aerodynamics, Automotive Design, BMW, Cars, Electric Cars, German Cars, Lightweight cars, Renderings 3 Comments »

By Giancarlo Perini ©

BMW Multicity Vehicle

BMW, the world leader in premium cars will not be the first to join the EV mass market but it will certainly be among the best dressed when it joins the party late in 2013. The number plate of the first Megacity Vehicle to come off the new production lines – to be built in the meantime within the Leipzig (Saxony, Germany) plant – has already been announced at a ceremony attended by German Chancellor Mrs. Angela Merkel and other local authorities. The plate reads L MV 2013, L for Leipzig, MCV for Megacity Vehicle and 2013 for the year of the planned launch.

BMW EV Plant in Leipzig

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ANDERS WARMING REPLACES GERT HILDEBRAND AT MINI.

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Here is the public announcement made by BMW on the changeover at MINI design.

Gert Volker Hildebrand hands over the running of the MINI Design team to Anders Warming at the end of the year.

MINI Design the Team (1)

After 10 successful years at MINI Design, Gert Volker Hildebrand is handing over the running of the MINI Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Gert Hildebrand will be leaving the company on 31.12.2010.

MINI Design the Team - 3

Gert Volker Hildebrand (57) has been responsible for the complete design development of the MINI brand since January 2001 and, with his design team, has shaped the development of the MINI brand portfolio. Over the last 10 years, the head of the MINI Design studio has provided the impetus for countless MINI vehicle concepts and for the entire design development. Alongside the further development of the third generation of the classic MINI, the MINI Cabrio and MINI Clubman were also created under his leadership. This year, Gert Hildebrand and his team added a real 4-door version to the MINI brand: the MINI Countryman, launched in September.

The MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster concepts presented in 2009, which will be appearing on the market in 2011 and 2012, were also created in the MINI Design studio under his guidance. Apart from designing cars, Gert Volker Hildebrand has also devoted himself to encouraging young designers and to talking about design in institutions and to the public.

Anders Warming

Anders Warming, head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles, started working for DesignworksUSA in California in 1997. Following this, the 38-year-old Dane was employed in various positions as an automobile designer before coming to Munich in 2005 as Team Leader, Advanced Design, BMW Group. In 2007, he took over as head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles. Under his leadership, the BMW Z4, BMW 5 Series and the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupé, presented at the Paris Auto Show, were created.

BMW 2010 6 Series Cabriolet

“I would like to wish Gert Hildebrand all the best for the future and thank him for working with us so well and so successfully”, says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “Anders Warming has the expertise, the necessary experience and the intuition to take the MINI brand, with the support of the entire MINI Design team, into an ever more successful future.”

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