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Old 02-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default Pininfarina Cambiano Sports-Sedan Concept Revealed [Geneva Auto Show]

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Pininfarina, the Italian design house responsible for such classics as the Ferrari 250 GT, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, and the Cadillac Allanté, has released photos of its new “elegant and refined sports sedan” concept, the Cambiano, ahead of the 2012 Geneva auto show. The concept is named after the town where the firm is based, and where it opened its Styling Center 30 years ago. (Whether the indebted company will exist to celebrate further anniversaries, at least under family ownership, remains uncertain.)
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Press information isn’t available yet, but a report from Automotive News (subscription required) pegs the car as a plug-in extended-range hybrid that incorporates four 80-hp in-wheel electric motors and a diesel turbine (!) engine. The turbine is the range-extender, recharging the batteries when they are depleted; it also will feed power directly to the electric motors if there’s no juice on tap. Thus equipped, the Cambiano supposedly can reach 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph; short bursts up to 171 mph are also claimed to be possible. The car is said to have a total range of close to 500 miles, including almost 130 miles in pure electric mode. Actual performance and range likely are limited to just enough to get it on the show stand under its own power.
Pininfarina refers to the concept as a sports sedan, despite it not featuring four doors: There is one large door on the driver’s side and two smaller doors on the passenger side, the rear one opening suicide-style. The interior is as cleanly designed as the exterior, and features a wood floor and stitching-free upholstery. In the Automotive News report, Pininfarina says the Cambiano is inspired by the 1957 Lancia Florida II (pictured above). Stay tuned for more details and photos live from Geneva.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Pininfarina, the Italian design house responsible for such classics as the Ferrari 250 GT, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, and the Cadillac Allanté, has released photos of its new “elegant and refined sports sedan” concept, the Cambiano, ahead of the 2012 Geneva auto show. The concept is named after the town where the firm is based, and where it opened its Styling Center 30 years ago. (Whether the indebted company will exist to celebrate further anniversaries, at least under family ownership, remains uncertain.)
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Press information isn’t available yet, but a report from Automotive News (subscription required) pegs the car as a plug-in extended-range hybrid that incorporates four 80-hp in-wheel electric motors and a diesel turbine (!) engine. The turbine is the range-extender, recharging the batteries when they are depleted; it also will feed power directly to the electric motors if there’s no juice on tap. Thus equipped, the Cambiano supposedly can reach 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph; short bursts up to 171 mph are also claimed to be possible. The car is said to have a total range of close to 500 miles, including almost 130 miles in pure electric mode. Actual performance and range likely are limited to just enough to get it on the show stand under its own power.
Pininfarina refers to the concept as a sports sedan, despite it not featuring four doors: There is one large door on the driver’s side and two smaller doors on the passenger side, the rear one opening suicide-style. The interior is as cleanly designed as the exterior, and features a wood floor and stitching-free upholstery. In the Automotive News report, Pininfarina says the Cambiano is inspired by the 1957 Lancia Florida II (pictured above). Stay tuned for more details and photos live from Geneva.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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Me likey, been waiting to see a diesel-turbine range extender.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #4
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I saw this on autoblog yesterday.

It immediately made me think of WRX4US.

Driver side is a coupe with one longer side door. Passenger side is a sedan, with two side doors.

This is the way a "3-door" can work... and look good unlike the hideous wrong-wheel drive Veloster.

But it should have a lift back, especially with as short is the rear deck lid is on this concept.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:05 PM   #5
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I saw this on autoblog yesterday.

It immediately made me think of WRX4US.

Driver side is a coupe with one longer side door. Passenger side is a sedan, with two side doors.

This is the way a "3-door" can work... and look good unlike the hideous wrong-wheel drive Veloster.

But it should have a lift back, especially with as short is the rear deck lid is on this concept.
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:11 AM   #6
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Sorry, man, but the Veloster is not an aesthetically pleasing car to look at. I hope you enjoy yours and all... but it isn't exactly a Jag E-type, or anything on the sexiest looking cars list.

This car actually has sleek, cab-aftward proportions, and is pleasing to look at, with the same asymmetrical door configuration. Maybe not the most groundbreaking profile ever, but it is more pleasing to look at.
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it's not even close to the sexiest car.

But I like how it looks, damnit!



....except for that fat ass and the skinny tires.
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Maybe some giant wheels and tires will make the visual mass of the veloster seem smaller. That is the biggest-looking little car I have seen. It belies it's actual scale.

Cambiano seems like a car that could pull off two different pairs of wheels.

One aggressive pair for the coupe side, and a more stylish and fancy pair on the 4-door side.

If one could work out the color transition gradient across the front and back of the car... I could even see it being two different colors on the different sides.

The car equivalent to Harvey "Two Face" Dent.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:21 AM   #9
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Maybe some giant wheels and tires will make the visual mass of the veloster seem smaller. That is the biggest-looking little car I have seen. It belies it's actual scale.
After parking next to a friend's CR-Z today, I agree.

They're 18s... but they're 18x7.5 and as a result they just look silly with the aggressive fender flaring in the rear.
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