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Aston Martin Jet 2+2 aka Rapide Wagon is about to enter limited production

Back in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled the Jet 2+2, a special concept that commemorates Aston Martin’s centenary but also 60 years of partnership between Aston and Bertone. Although it was planned as a one-off project, it appears that the positive feedback made Aston Martin think again and consider a limited production run.

The Jet 2+2 is powered by a 5.9-liter V12 engine borrowed from the Aston Martin Rapide and capable to deliver 470. Aston Martin could use the new V12 engine found on the new Rapide S, as it delivers 550 hp.

In terms of design, the production version of the Jet 2+2 is expected to look the same as the concept, featuring a full-length LED light strip inspired by the exclusive One-77.

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Bertone Aston Martin Rapide Jet 2+2 Concept revealed ahead of Geneva Motor Show

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Italian design and coachbuilding firm Bertone will bring a one-off shooting brake concept version of the Aston Martin Rapide. As you may know already, Aston Martin recently released the Rapide S, but for those who want more, the Bertone Concept is the car for them, although only one will be built.

Aston Martin Rapide Concept is known as the Bertone Jet 2+2 and was created for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in order to celebrate celebrate both Aston’s centenary and 60 years of collaborations between the British sports car manufacturer and Bertone.

Jet 2+2 Concept was already commissioned by an Aston Martin collector and it is powered by the 5.9-liter V12 engine from the current Rapide delivering 470 hp. Still, we don’t get it why the more potent version of the V12 engine (550 hp) found on the Rapide S is not found on the Jet 2+2 Concept.

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Bertone to sell Nuccio supercar, talks with Chinese car collector ongoing

Bertone, an Italian engineering and design company, is in discussions with a Chinese automobile collector who wants to purchase the firm's one-off Nuccio supercar. Automotive News Europe cited Bertone CEO Marco Filippa as saying that they are in "close negotiations" with the collector.

 It took around 15,000 hours for the Nuccio to be designed, engineered and manufactured, according to Filippa. It was named after Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone, who is the son of the company founder Giovanni.

Filippa further disclosed that the asking price for the supercar is around 2 million euros. The model was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company. The Nuccio was revealed as a full-sized styling prototype in March at the Geneva car show. It was transformed into a road-ready model in time to be displayed at the Beijing car show.

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Stile Bertone reveals Nuccio mid-engine concept ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Stile Bertone will unveil a mid-engine concept for a high-performance coupe at the Geneva Motor Show this March, marking the centenary of the Italian design house. It is dubbed Nuccio, which is name of the son of company founder Giovanni Bertone -- Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone. Giuseppe Bertone transformed the virtually unknown family business into an Italian design icon in his 60 years of leadership.

In 1997, he died at an age of 83. The Nuccio takes inspiration from the renowned 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept. It has a tensile steel roof that provides high structural resistance at a low weight. The stylish Stratos Zero still has a contemporary design today, but it has a height of just 830mm, which makes it almost impossible for a tall person to drive it.

The Nuccio has a height of 1220mm. Bertone design director Mike Robinson related that they have decided to take one of the "most spectacular" concept vehicles in the company's history and in the automobile's history for that matter in order to create a "futuristic interpretation" of it. There had been various attempts to make a contemporary interpretation of the Stratos Zero in the past 40 years, but they fell short of the expectations of vehicle enthusiasts.

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Bertone is expected to be an attention-getter at the Geneva Motor Show with its plan to unveil the sports-car Nuccio concept. The Nuccio concept is a tribute of the Italian design house to one of its most famed constructor, Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, in line with the company’s centenary celebration. The Nuccio concept is a mid-engine berlinetta built on a one-box design.

The Nuccio signifies a possible new styling direction for Bertone, using the Geneva as the kickoff for far-reaching series displays around the world, including the motor shows at Laguna Seca and in Beijing. 

Bertone’s new bespoke products have consistently been show-stealers at the Geneva motor show. In 2010, Bertone unveiled a bespoke sports-car concept dubbed the Pandion, in celebration of Alfa Romeo’s 100 years.

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Fiat S.p.A. employees at a former Bertone plant in Grugliasco, Italy, made concessions with CEO Sergio Marchionne in exchange for a 500 million-euro ($739 million) investment to build Maserati models. The work program, which allows for shorter breaks and increased work shifts, has won the nod of 88 percent of the 1,011 workers taking part in the ballot, Fismic union representative Roberto Di Maulo disclosed in a phone interview.

Fiat bought the Italian plant from bankrupt automobile design company in 2009. He also said that the vote will allow for the revamp of the plant, which is one of Italy’s “most glorious car plants.”

Di Maulo also mentioned that the workers fought to save their company, and their approval was a symbolic event. The company wants to manufacture the successor of Maserati Quattroporte at the plant.

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Italian design house Bertone will put into auction six concept cars this May 2011, as ordered by a bankruptcy court. These are composed of three Lamborghini, two Lancia and three Chevrolet vehicles.

Three of these cars have great significance in Italian design milestones, and one of these is the 1967 gull-winged Lamborghini Marzal prototype, which was later manufactured as the Espada. Princess Grace and Prince Ranieri drove the Lamborghini Marzal in the Monaco Grand Prix in 1967.

The second vehicle of significant value is the Lancia Stratos HF Zero, a mid-engined car that went into production as the Lancia Stratos, which dominated the World Rally Championships in the 1970s. Marcello Gandini, an Italian car designer working at Bertone between the years 1965 and 1980, conceptualized the Lancia Stratos and the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal. Bids for these two vehicles range from 1 million euros to 1.8 million euros.

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When Italian design house Bertone was creating the B 99 Concept that previews a potential new entry-level sedan for Jaguar, it focused on interior space. The B 99 is about as long as a BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz C class at about 4500mm, but has a wheelbase longer than the 2910mm of the Jaguar XF large sedan.

The B 99, at 1950mm wide, is also 75mm wider than the XF to offer limousine-sized interior space. The B 99 uses a full-hybrid power system created by Bertone Energy, the company's new division intended for renewable energy research.

In a phone interview with Automotive News Europe, Bertone chief designer Mike Robinson said the company sought to create a compact sedan that could offer the same roominess of a much larger vehicle.

Read the entire article Jaguar says that Bertone’s 99 Concept is just not for them

As you may know already, yesterday we showed you the first photos with the Jaguar B 99 Project, Bertone’s latest project which will be unveiled in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Today, the Italian design company sent us the official details and high resolution photos with the car. As we already told you yesterday, the Jaguar B 99 Concept marks Bertone’s 99 year history as the only Italian designer to have created five different Jaguars.

For those who don’t know, Bertone created some iconic models for the British manufacturer such as: 1957 XK 150, produced in a limited edition of four copies, the 1966 Jaguar FT concept car, the 1967 Jaguar Pirana, and 1977 Jaguar Ascot.

The new Jaguar B 99 Concept previews the upcoming compact sedan from Jaguar, which will take on cars such as the Bmw 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The result is a compact, four-door sedan (4.5 m long, 1.35 m tall, and 1.95 m wide) that fits perfectly into the D segment.

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