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.
A complexity whose purposes are far from clear, if not downright suspicious.
At the centre of it all is still the widow of Nuccio Bertone, Ms Ermelinda Cortese, aka Lilli Bertone, and around her a royal-court so greedy and so inefficient, if one has to judge from the results. A royal-court incapable, perhaps. Most likely more attentive to its own particular than to their responsibilities towards the companies they administer or manage. Too many employees report, off-records, of horror stories and disasters.
Michael Robinson, the last Director of design of the Turinese coachbuilder no longer wants to talk about it. He says he's been led by his colleague Sandro Colella (Executive and Sales Director of Stile Bertone) to create with PR officer Daniele Cornil, a complementary (or alternative?) design consultancy called CR Design (for Cornil-Robinson) Robinson himself calls that company (promptly closed after a few months) a fake («farlocca» in Italian for). Robinson claims to have left by that new company just few days later and to have lost his own investment in the new company.
Robinson welcomes an article explaining what happened to the Bertone Style but doesn't want to talk about it and writes, in an SMS, "Having turned the page, I can't afford to be dragged into this Valley of Tears," but adds "... the real perpetrators should be hung on a tree."
In mid-April, the employees and creditors expected to know the fate of what can be defined as a piece of history in Turin. That was at the end of the 120 days period granted by the bankruptcy court, for the presentation of a revitalization plan of the Stile Bertone Spa in liquidation (who requested the protection of a procedure equivalent to Chapter 11, on 13 December last year and currently in a preparatory phase). more