Spanish luxury brand, Hispano Suiza, makes a welcome return to the Geneva International Motor Show (March 5 to 15) with its Carmen Boulogne, a version of Carmen that pays homage to the brand’s heritage in the world of competition.
The Boulogne gained its inspiration from the unique styling and elegance of Carmen Mateu (1936-2018), granddaughter of the company’s founder, and mother of the President. A direct representation of her signature is prominently featured on the rear car.
“With the sporty and elegant design of the Carmen, we have successfully translated the DNA of the Hispano Suiza brand to a modern-day hyperlux car.”
The all-new Carmen made its global debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, signalling the resurgence of an iconic Spanish luxury car brand. Designed, developed and manufactured in Barcelona, the fully-electric Carmen is a ‘hyperlux’ grand touring car – the ultimate expression of classically-inspired design, cutting edge chassis and powertrain technology, exhilarating power and expertly engineered dynamics.
It pioneers a new ‘hyperlux’ vehicle segment – one that combines hypercar performance with exquisite luxury, painstaking craftsmanship and meticulous attention to technical and engineering details. A genuinely unique proposition, and a fitting tribute to an iconic Spanish car brand.
Whilst Carmen’s styling is emotive and striking, the profile does have an almost ‘Bugatti like’ lure on the recipient’s eyes. Heavily influenced by pioneers Hispano Suiza cars of the early 20th century, namely the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6C Dubonnet Xenia, of which only one example was ever produced.
Hispano Suiza – History
The Boulogne concept dates back to 1921 and the George Boillot Cup, in which Hispano Suiza competed with five improved versions of the company’s H6 Coupé. The endurance race saw competitors fight for victory for more than 3 and a half hours, on the roads around the French city of Boulogne.
The marque achieved three consecutive victories, with the pilots André Dubonnet (1921), Paul Bablot (1922) and Léonce Garnier (1923) driving specially modified versions of the H6.