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Ferrari designer Pininfarina dies aged 85

  • 3 Jul 2012
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ROME (AFP)
Pininfarina (right) dedicated his long career to collaborations with top carmakers

He also applied his talents to less exotic models like Peugeots and Mitsubishis.

Pininfarina had a passion for forward-looking technology, becoming an early supporter of reducing car emissions and increasing fuel economy. In 1972, he opened the first wind tunnel in Italy, one of the few in the world at the time.

In 2006, he handed over management of the company to his son Andrea.

He was awarded dozens of honours throughout his illustrious career, including four honorary university degrees in fine arts and industrial design.

In 2011, the company announced it was stopping car production because it had seen its revenue plunge in a sector reeling from the financial crisis, but has continued to design and engineer, with a particular focus on electric cars.

Born Sergio Farina, he was head of Italy's business association Confindustria from 1988 to 1992 and was named senator for life in 2005.

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