UNVEILING AT VILLA D'ESTE.
MINI is looking at its next big step to expand the product range, its customer base and further upgrade its image and reputation for fun cars. It does it at what is considered the most elegant event of the year. The traditional Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este 2014 with a very special concept: the MINI Superleggera™ Vision.
So sexy and so MINI that it can go only in two direction: the market place.
Last year BMW merged its creativity forces with those of Pininfarina and delivered the Gran Lusso Coupe. This time it is up to to MINI design team and the reborn Touring Superleggera. The outcome is a new and exclusive interpretation of an open-top two-seater.
The MINI Superleggera ™ Vision is on the one hand a classic two-seater roadster, compact and agile, very British in its most minimalist approach and its and emotional style of open-air motoring.
There is more to it than just names and style. Reflecting the spirit of the time, the Mini Superleggera Vision comes with an innovative electric drivetrain that gives the car distinctly modern driving dynamics.
LAW OFFENDERS BEWARE
Automobili Lamborghini has announced today that they have presented the Italian road police corps a new high performance machine to pursue law offenders. The new unit is the first Huracán LP 610-4 developed for road patrolling purposes and as such its official label is Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia.
“Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion”
When the London design Festival 2014 open its «gates» on September 13th (through the 24th), BMW will mark its presence with a all-new installation commission for the event to British designers Barber & Osgerby. Under the impulse of creative BMW’s designers led by the talented Karim Habib and Adrian van Hooydonk they will be showing an installation called “Precision & Poetry” in a project called “Double Space for BMW”.
The new work of «design&art» will go on show in the magnificent Raphael Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). «A successful project always needs the right combination of partners» says Ben Evans, director of the London Design Festival, «BMW not only understand design, they live it. » He stressed that Barber & Osgerby have a deserved reputation as thoughtful and innovative designers whereas the venue, the V&A is the global institution for design.
Investing in Design and Art is a must for BMW, according to Senior Vice President BMW Group Design Adrian van Hooydonk. He noted that «For BMW Group customers, design is the number one reason for buying a vehicle. On that basis, we promote an active design culture and are involved in high-profile events such as the London Design Festival». In addition our partnerships with internationally renowned designers are always an inspirational experience for the entire BMW Group design team.
Uno dei nostri lettori, che ringraziamo, ha trovato in rete alcune foto della limousine disegnata da Stile Bertone per il Capo di Stato della Russia, Vladimir Putin.
Vi segnaliamo i link che portano alla scopeerta di alcune interessanti immagini della "Limousine di Stato Russa" che alcune fonti dicono essere costruita sul pianale allungato di una moderna Rolls-Royce, come il design del frontale suggerisce.
Tre esemplari avrebbero dovuto essere realizzati nei laboratori di Caprie, ma la loro costruzione é stata assegnata a un'altra azienda del Torinese che cercheremo di identificare.
One of our readers has found in the net the official limousine for Vladimir Putin that was commissioned to Stile Bertone and has been built by a shop in the Turin area after Stile Bertone suspended its operations on insolvency issue.
Here we offer you link to Russian websites that have posted pictures of the “Russian Limousine” that our sources confirm to be built on the extended wheelbase of a Rolls-Royce chassis, as the front design strongly suggest.
This is a moderately edited version for automated translation of the original text in Italian, with few additions.
For months, the world of automotive design, which goes to Turin in Detroit, Tokyo, Beijing via Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt and Paris, is wondering what the heck's going on at Bertone.
So far nobody seems able to answer the many questions asked, because (judging by the collected papers in different registers to shed light on micro-societies that constitute the mini-group Bertone) the plot is so complex and confused that it prevents to understand what happened in the recent, devastating, years.