Italian design house Pininfarina
S.p.A., short for Carozzeria Pininfarina
, was founded in 1930 by automobile
designer and builder Battista "Pinin" Farina (following the company, his family name became Pininfarina in 1961, as a result of combining his nickname and surname. Over the years the company has been employed by many automobile
manufacturers, notably Ferrari, Maserati, Cadillac, Nash, Peugeot, Jaguar, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, MG, Cisitalia, and Lancia
. Since the 1980s Pininfarina has also provided industrial design and interior design consultation to corporate clients.
Over the years the company has designed trams, trains and trolleys. Until his death on August 7, 2008, Pininfarina was run by Battista's grandson Andrea Pininfarina: Paolo Pininfarina, Andrea's younger brother, was appointed new chairman and CEO on 12 August2008. The Pininfarina Group employs more than 3,000 people in subsidiary company offices throughout Europe, as well as in Morocco and China. Pininfarina is registered and publicly traded on the Borsa Italiana(Milan Stock Exchange).
Also see: Pininfarina Heritage