The Geneva Motor Show is usually never complete without concept cars. And I must add that any motor show without concept cars on display is quite lame. When it comes to the Geneva Motor Show it is never lame as it is one of the best places to view concept cars as most European manufacturers usually go full force over there. Furthermore, this is also a place where we get to see an Italian Carrozzeria or three showing off their latest concept cars. We have Pininfarina previewing their Cambiano concept (above) and we have Bertone showing of the Nuccio (below).
Both Pininfarina and Bertone are two companies responsible for coming out with the design of classics like the Ferrari 365GTB Daytona and the Lamborghini Miura respectively as well as a plethora of supercars, family cars and unique, one of a kind cars for individual customers. But this time I have to say that both have come up with duds this time around.
The Pininfarina Cambiano concept is supposedly to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its styling center and the 10th year anniversary of the engineering center. It is an engineering powerhouse in that it showcases the use of electric motors – one in each wheel – coupled with a diesel turbine engine. According to sources, it will hit 170mph and 0-100km/h will be in about 4.2seconds.
But I have to assume that the Engineering Center must have also designed the Cambiano as it looks like it was designed by an engineer instead of an artist. It also looks like it must have been the design that Ferrari rejected when they decided that they wanted a shooting brake design for the Ferrari FF instead of an evolution of the 612 Scaglietti. Maybe we're lucky Ferrari decided to come up with the Ferrari FF as that car looks quite amazing in the flesh.
As for Bertone, the Nuccio (named after founder, Nuccio Bertone) looks like it is trying too hard to look fast. From some angles it looks like it has too much of a rear overhang. From other angles it looks like there is no place for people to sit in it as it looks like a Hummer had sat on it. I do see a number of nice styling touches – the sharp roofline and the nice swooshes at the doors, but as a whole, it is a myriad of ideas with a messy outcome. Of course, it isn't as bad as Homer Simpson designing a car. The 'Homer' is the epitome of putting all you eggs into one basket, and failing big time.
And with that 'look on the bright side' fact, I end this article by stating that hopefully next year both Pininfarina and Bertone come up with better designs.
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