BARCELONA, Spain – The 2019 Geneva auto show will host the Carmen, a fully-electric hyperlux grand tourer from iconic Spanish luxury car brand and aero engine maker Hispano-Suiza.
Named for Carmen Mateu, grand-daughter of Hispano-Suiza’s founder Emilio de la Cuadra, the 2019 car has been described as ”the ultimate expression of classically inspired design, next-generation technology, exhilarating power, and expertly-engineered dynamics”.
It was designed, developed and manufactured in Barcelona, hand-crafted on a super-stiff, hand-laid, carbon- fibre monocoque. It provides the foundation for the car’s exceptional luxury, comfort, innovation and attention to detail, each combined with technologically superior, fully-electric, performance.
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While the new model takes inspiration from the 1938 Dubonnet Xenia, (below) one of the elegant and luxurious vehicles built by Hispano-Suiza in 1938, development and build of the Carmen and its custom-designed electric powertrain will be led by the company’s Barcelona production partner, QEV Technologies and its team of skilled engineers skilled in design, engineering, R&D and production for Formula-E teams, supercar brands, and mainstream automakers.
The company had its foundations in motorsport with Campos Racing ; it is also the technology arm of Mahindra Formula-E Racing, plus the European R&D facility for Chinese company BAIC.
Hispano Suiza is an historic ajutomotive brand owned by the fourth generation of the Suqué Mateu family. Through 1904 to 1946, Hispano-Suiza built more than 12 000 luxury performance cars and 50 000 aeroplane engines.
Hispano Suiza today (2019), with its HQ, technical centre, and plant in Barcelona, embodies a proud Spanish spirit with a strong family legacy.