Pininfarina to design Gaussin’s new range of trucks

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 29 Jun 2021


Gaussin released a teaser image for its new range of trucks designed by Pininfarina.

Gaussin has announced that its new range of trucks for road application will be designed by Italian design house Pininfarina. 

Gaussin trucks have been developed around two major components: a modular 'skateboard' and a brand-new cab.  The intelligent modular skateboard powered by hydrogen or batteries systems was presented last April.

This skateboard for Class 8 tractor and straight trucks, ranging from 18T to 44T – either hydrogen or all-electric – for long haul and short haul applications. It consists of a rolling, versatile and modular platform designed for the various market players. The solution is aimed at traditional truck manufacturers new entrants, as well as bodybuilders and autonomous navigation software players.

Pininarina has designed a completely new cab concept for enhanced driver comfort and safety, while also being eco-friendly.

The France-based Gaussin is an engineering company that designs, assembles and sells innovative products and services in the transport and logistics field. Its know-how encompasses cargo and passenger transport, autonomous technologies allowing for self-driving solutions such as Automotive Guided Vehicles, and the integration of all types of batteries, electric and hydrogen fuel cells in particular. With more than 50,000 vehicles worldwide, Gaussin has a strong reputation in four fast-expanding markets: port terminals, airports, logistics and people mobility.

Pininfarina’s new design covers the entire range of Gaussin trucks developed on the electric, hydrogen, and autonomous-ready Gaussin modular skateboard:

- Class 8 tractors 44 T (4x2, 6x4) with up to 1200 km combining Electric and Hydrogen energy
- Rigid trucks for clean and quiet distribution in the city areas
- Rigid trucks for construction: cement trucks, tippers
- Rigid trucks for waste management,  and also the Gaussin H2 Racing Truck

Pininfarina, leveraging on its experience in sustainable mobility, has created a distinctive design identity for the new range of Gaussin trucks able to enhance the main values of the products: performance and sustainability. The result of the collaboration is a design language that will give life to a full family of innovative trucks, setting a new standard into the market. 

“The cab has to be aligned with the new mobility needs. It must be the link between the driver and his mission, between the truck and its environment. It has to be clean, safe, friendly but also intelligent to perform at a high level of efficiency . . . and it has to have a signature that lasts over time. Pininfarina has not only designed a modern and great looking cab but has created a transgenerational story. At Gaussin, we are of course working for the performance of our customers but also for the planet and the next generations. This is exactly why we have chosen to collaborate with Pininfarina,” said Christophe Gaussin, CEO of Gaussin.

“We are happy and proud of this collaboration with Gaussin, a recognised player in clean and innovative mobility. Pininfarina Group is deeply involved to designing customer journeys and unique user experiences merging physical and digital worlds through aesthetics and technology. We are convinced that the combination of our know-how will lead to the success of the new range of trucks developed by Gaussin,” said Kevin Rice, Chief Creative Officer of Pininfarina.