Pininfarina, Webasto form joint venture

TURIN, Italy - Pininfarina of Italy and Webasto of Germany are creating a joint venture company to produce open-roof systems.

The company, still to be named, will be based in Germany and will begin operations in early 2002.

Its focus will be on soft tops, retractable hardtops, hardtops, targa tops and Variotops with removable rails.

"In Pininfarina, we have found a partner to sustain our target to increase our know-how in open-roof systems" said Webasto President Franz-Josef Kortum. "With Pininfarina, we will develop and produce roof systems that are out of the ordinary."

Pininfarina expects the joint venture to increase its market share in roofing system design and contract manufacturing of vehicles with open tops, said Andrea Pininfarina, managing director of Pininfarina, who identified roofing systems as a growth market.

You can reach Luca Ciferri at

ATTENTION COMMENTERS: Automotive News has monitored a significant increase in the number of personal attacks and abusive comments on our site. We encourage our readers to voice their opinions and argue their points. We expect disagreement. We do not expect our readers to turn on each other. We will be aggressively deleting all comments that personally attack another poster, or an article author, even if the comment is otherwise a well-argued observation. If we see repeated behavior, we will ban the commenter. Please help us maintain a civil level of discourse.

Email Newsletters
  • General newsletters
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Mondays)
  • (As needed)
  • Video newscasts
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Saturdays)
  • Special interest newsletters
  • (Thursdays)
  • (Tuesdays)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Wednesdays)
  • (Bimonthly)
  • Special reports
  • (As needed)
  • (As needed)
  • Communication preferences
  • You can unsubscribe at any time through links in these emails. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.