BARCELONA — Next month’s Geneva Motor Show will see the world debut of the Carmen, a fully electric grand tourer from iconic Spanish luxury car brand Hispano Suiza. Named after Carmen Mateu, granddaughter of Hispano Suiza’s founder, the new model is billed as the ultimate expression of classically inspired design, next-generation technology, exhilarating power, and expertly engineered dynamics.
Designed, developed and manufactured in Barcelona, the handcrafted Carmen is based on a super-stiff, hand-laid carbon fibre monocoque. While the new model takes inspiration from the Dubonnet Xenia, 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 production partner, QEV Technologies. QEV specializes in design, engineering, R&D and production for Formula-E teams, supercar brands and mainstream car manufacturers.
Hispano Suiza is a Barcelona-based historic car brand owned by the fourth generation of the Suqué Mateu family. Between 1904 and 1946, Hispano Suiza built more than 12,000 luxury performance cars and 50,000 airplane engines.