Thread: Andrea Pininfarina
8th Aug 08, 08:54 #1
Andrea Pininfarina, head of a world-famous Italian car design group, has been killed in a road accident.
Mr Pininfarina was riding a scooter which was hit by a car on the outskirts of Turin early on Thursday. He was 51
He was chief executive officer of the family firm Pininfarina, which has designed sports cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Volvo and Fiat.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Ferrari's Luca Cordero di Montezemolo were among those paying tribute.
Mr Berlusconi labelled him "the representative of a dynasty that helped bring the story of 'made in Italy' to the world".
Mr di Montezemolo, who is also boss of Fiat, said: "Italy, Turin and the Fiat group have lost a business figure who knew how to follow and develop the work of his grandfather Pinin and his father Sergio."
The driver of the car involved in the collision was admitted to hospital suffering from shock, Ansa news agency reported.
Mr Pininfarina, survived by three children, trained as a mechanical engineer. He joined the family business in 1983 after working in the US.
He was the grandson of Battista Pininfarina, who founded the firm in Turin in 1930.
Andrea's father Sergio Pininfarina, 81, is the company's honorary chairman.
The family currently controls 55% of Pininfarina's shares, but under a restructuring plan it aims to cut its stake to about 30%.
The firm recorded a net loss of 114.9m euros (£91m; $178m) last year.Please 'like' our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/motorsportforums
8th Aug 08, 14:23 #2
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Sad news Pininfarina was in enough trouble before this. Hope this doesn't kill the company
RIP Andrea.Rule 1 of the forum, always accuse anyone who disagrees with you of bias.I would say that though.
8th Aug 08, 18:12 #3
How sad, I hate for things like this to happen to anyone but this will be especially noted because of the long history of the design company. I remember my Lancia Scorpion (monte carlo) very well. Plus a loss to the best design country the world will ever know!!Obama to Biden - "Let the Welfare checks rain upon the Earth - I am going to a barbecue"
8th Aug 08, 18:23 #4
Indeed a big loss not only for Italy but for the entire automobile industry.
RIP Andrea...When you're tired of rallying...you're tired of life
11th Aug 08, 06:33 #5
11th Aug 08, 12:11 #6
What a loss!
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11th Aug 08, 15:46 #7
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What a shame...bad weekend all together for losing gifted souls...