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Pininfarina Chief Executive Dies in Accident

51-year-old Andrea Pininfarina died in Thursday morning in the northern city of Turin in a motorbike accident. Since 2001 Andea was the CEO of the coach-builder Pininfarina. The firm founded by Pininfarina’s grandfather is famous for designing cars for many automakers including Ferrari, Maserati, Cadillac, Alfa Romeo, Volvo and Lancia.  In 1981 he graduated from Polytechnic of Turin as amechanical engineer and subsequently went to work in the United States after graduation. After a short stint working for Freuehauf, Andea went to work at the family business, his first assignment being the project manager for the design of the Cadillac Allante. Pininfarina is know as the chief design firm for many cars such as the Volvo C70, Maserati Quattroporte, Ferrari P4/5 and the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine coupe, to name just a few of their cars. Andea will be missed, as his firm has made some of the most beautiful cars ever built. Let us hope the next generation of Pininfarina coach-builders will do Andea, and his grand-father, proud.

Source: International Herald Tribune