The Alfa Romeo Tonale and Fiat Concept Centoventi, two show cars that have captured the public’s imagination at the Geneva Motor Show, as described by Klaus Busse, Head of FCA design for the EMEA region.
Two modes of Italian Design: the sculptural and the “democratic” are central to FCA. And it should come as no surprise that a German designer with a wealth of American experience is taking charge of both. Klaus Busse, who manages design for FCA’s European brands, has passionately immersed himself in the intricacies of one of the most complex automobile traditions. Busse can then, with his intimate knowledge, point out the two “different approaches” behind two quite spiritually different concepts that Turin’s Centro Stile (design centre) presented in Geneva. One is the Alfa Romeo Tonale, a C-segment compact SUV; the other is the Fiat Centoventi, which celebrates 120 years of the Turin brand with its name and promises an exciting future with its form – if, or rather when, it enters production.