Bertone Opens Design House in Beijing
Attesting to the importance of the rapidly emerging Chinese auto market, the famed Italian auto design firm Bertone has opened a new facility in Beijing. According to the extremely limited information contained in its release, Bertone China was established in response to the needs of what has become the largest vehicle producing country in the world, and to be around to offer support to current and future Chinese customers.
In concert with this announcement, Bertone is exhibiting its Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept at the Beijing Auto Show. Originally presented at the 2010 Geneva Auto Salon as part of Alfa's 100th Anniversary celebration, the Pandion is a 2+2 coupe powered by the Ferrari-designed 4.7-liter V8 engine from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. Its bodywork is inspired by several of the naturally occurring organic shapes and elements that appear in the Alfa Romeo badge. Among the Pandion's many distinctive design elements are a cabin-rear configuration, prominent flip-up scissor-style doors and a transparent floor.