2012 seems to be tough one for the automotive world as another famous icon has just kicked the bucket. Sergio Pininfarina, the honorary chairman of one of the most famous design firms in history, Pininfarina Group, has passed away at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife and sons. Born in 1926, Sergio became the chairman of the Pininfarina design house in 1966. In 2006, he became the chairman of the company.
Pininfarina has been financially weak since the untimely death of its CEO Andrea Pininfarina in August 2008. Pininfarina’s latest model is the recently-unveiled FF, Berlinetta and many more for Ferrari. Other models it has designed that are currently in production include the Maserati Quattroporte and Volvo C70.
But more importantly is what Pininfarina is known for. Besides the obvious, working directly with brands Ferrari and Maserati, Pininfarina is also famous for many other designs that span as far as Cadillac, Chevrolet, to Bentley, Volvo, Peugeot and many more. In 2005, he was appointed as the Life Senator by the Italian president.
What we say? Pininfarina has designed a luxury concept saloon for Indian car manufacturer, Tata Motors, named the Tata Pr1ma. It is based on the Tata Indigo’s wheelbase and unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2009. At the time of the event, it was said to hit the showrooms by early-2012 and the entry of Tata’s into the D-segment. So far no official word yet.