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Stile Bertone Limousine for Vladimir PutinEnglish version.


Uno dei nostri lettori, che ringraziamo, ha trovato in rete alcune foto della limousine disegnata da Stile Bertone per il Capo di Stato della Russia, Vladimir Putin.


Vi segnaliamo i link che portano alla scopeerta di alcune interessanti immagini della "Limousine di Stato Russa" che alcune fonti dicono essere costruita sul pianale allungato di una moderna Rolls-Royce, come il design del frontale suggerisce.

Tre esemplari avrebbero dovuto essere realizzati nei laboratori di Caprie, ma la loro costruzione é stata assegnata a un'altra azienda del Torinese che cercheremo di identificare.


Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 1


Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 2


Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 3

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Stile Bertone Limousine for Vladimir Putin

Versione Italiana


One of our readers has found in the net the official limousine for Vladimir Putin that was commissioned to Stile Bertone and has been built by a shop in the Turin area after Stile Bertone suspended its operations on insolvency issue.

Here we offer you link to Russian websites that have posted pictures of the “Russian Limousine” that our sources confirm to be built on the extended wheelbase of a Rolls-Royce chassis, as the front design strongly suggest.


Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 1

Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 2

Stile Bertone Limousine for Russia Head of State 3


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{jcomments on}Logo Bertone 2012 bianco

Versione in Italiano



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.

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Logo Bertone 2012 bianco

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Al gruppo Bertone serve una vera leadership.


Da mesi, il mondo del design automobilistico, che va a Torino a Detroit, Tokyo, Pechino passando per Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt e Parigi, si chiede cosa diavolo stia succedendo alla Bertone.
Da mesi nessuno sembra in grado di dare una risposta perché (a giudicare dalle carte raccolte nei vari registri per far luce sulle micro-società che costituisco il mini-gruppo Bertone) l’intreccio è talmente complesso e confuso da impedire di capire cosa sia successo in questi ultimi, devastanti, anni.
Una complessità i cui fini sono tutt’altro che chiari, se non addirittura sospetti.

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58-Italdesign-2007-Mustang-Ext-cutThe book written by a highly experienced specialist Lyn R. Zbinden should probably be a book every automotive design students and want-to-be car designers should carefully consider. Primarily those students who privilege a technical/engineer approach to design and innovations.
The increasing use of glass in automobiles and its potential developments may offer opportunities for new ideas for those who knows more about glass technology and applications.
In a presentation of his book Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications, Lyn R.  Zbinden (a mechanical engineer and glass specialist.

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Volvo-Drive-Me-Project-16Autonomous cars will open new opportunities for architecture and design. Won't they?


Driven by its “safety first” credo, Volvo has launched in its hometown, Goteborg, Sweden, a ground-breaking project called ‘Drive Me’ that will see a fleet of 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in everyday driving conditions.

«The first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the sophisticated Autopilot technology is performing well», says Erik Coiling, Technical Specialist at Volvo Car Group. He reports that «the test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption and merging traffic all by themselves.»
One day a “Drive Me” Volvo should drive the whole test route in highly autonomous mode. Volvo call its technology application Autopilot to suggest that the driver will be able to hand over the driving to the vehicle with a number of benefits that Volvo illustrates with a series of simple renderings.

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