Rolling Italian Synthesizer

Cambiano, Italy – Pininfarina has long been the design house of choice for such car brands as Maserati, Cadillac, Peugeot, Jaguar, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, MG, Lancia and more often than not Ferrari. Their auto designs are icons of the auto industry and have made many of us drool with envy over such legendary works of art like the Ferrari Enzo, Alfa Romeo Spyder, Maserati Quottroporte and Ferrari Testarossa, just to name a few. So it is to be expected that when Pininfarina introduces a new concept, every design aficionado should take notice. This years Geneva Motor Show is highlighted by Pininfarina’s latest concept, the 4-door/4-seater “Sintesi” (Italian for Synthesis). Speaking on their latest inspiration, design chief-Lowie Vermeersch; “This concept car is the synthesis of our values, of the love for our work and our passion for innovation, of beauty driven by functionality, of sportiness and elegance. However, Sintesi isn’t only the expression of Pininfarina design; it also embraces innovative technologies that allow us to explore new typologies of mobility, active safety and packaging solutions.”

Inside, those “innovative technologies” he speaks of include (the now requisite) hydrogen-fuel technology and the questionably named “Clancast” system. Clancast is basically a system for all cars to easily communicate with each other, relaying traffic patters and minimizing the chances of accidents by human error. Outside, we are treated to such details like; a steeply raked windshield, gaping front air intake, swing up Lamborghini style doors, subtle air vents and all the beautifully flowing lines we come to expect from wizards at Pininfarina and their magical drafting tables.

Designer: Pininfarina [ Product Page ] [ Via: Left Lane ]


  • Clarify says:

    Why are Italians so damn good at auto design?

  • MINIX says:

    what a beauty… ;p

  • krzh says:

    omg. now I just hate general motors’ cars even more

  • TH says:

    To stereotype, Italians are damn good at anything that is beautiful: art, music, food, fashion, women… :-)

    Joke aside, there is a strong tradition in holding aesthetics in very high regard.

    What I admire in Pininfarina is the balance they maintain between generating new designs and maintaining their “traditional futurism”, if you see what I mean. You are never surprised to hear that some new design is by Pininfarina; you can see the family resemblance, and just go “oh, but of course”. And yet, you do admire them for their novelty and elegance.

    Calling it Italian is a bit of a shortcut, though. The head designer Lowie Vermeersch is Dutch (I think) and the team is very international. I think that is also one of their strengths.

    And, if isn’t totally clear by now, I love this design as well. :-)

    • rec says:

      Indeed Italians are damn good in designing beautiful objects, however with the input of some very good international designers, one of which is Lowie Vermeersch. I’d like to point out that just like Dirk Van Braeckel & Frederik Daems at Bentley(Continental GT Coupé)/Luc Donckerwolke at Lamborghini (Murcielago, Gallardo)& Seat/Steven Crijns at Lotus/Luc Landuyt at Renault and Pierre Leclercq at BMW (X6), Lowie Vermeersch is Belgian,not Dutch.

  • J says:

    Reminds me of the De Tomaso Pantera

  • Clarify says:

    Great! Now after that speech about Italians I’m hungry… thanks TH.

  • Raphael Crespo says:

    That’s why I’d like to be european, everything looks so easy if you’re a designer born in a well developed country, you have so many options, so many chances and creativity seems to grow more and more.

  • Rony John says:

    wow, when will NFS creators add this to their collections

  • dika says:

    hmm…why does not show the cabin side…but this car has sleek design and got my attention too.

  • sam says:

    We like cars that looks like us, or looks like the way we wish to look like.

    The grill looks like the dark sun glasses of a pilot, or some Darth Vader look alike.

    The door is borrowed from the Lamborghini, which embeds the classy playboy image.

    The shape is aerodynamic, yet it is a sedan. I don’t know how the rear door opens(suicide?)

    Nice to look at, fun to drive, good for concept. But I won’t buy it.

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