Electrification promises to bring Hispano Suiza back to life in Geneva

When Mary Shelley published “Frankenstein”, back in 1818, Hispano Suiza did not even think of existing. But it did, from 1904 up to 1946. At least in the automotive business. Since 2000, the company is attempting to make a comeback. It has done so with a prototype, the HS21, presented at the Geneva Motor Show in that year, the K8, in 2001, and the HS21-GTS, in 2002, but none resulted in a proper production car. That is supposed to happen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, with the presentation of a new production Hispano Suiza car. And, like Frankenstein, that will be possible with the help of electricity.

New Hispano Suiza badge

There are still no pictures of the new car. Anyway, the black profile presented at the brand’s new website, with a countdown to the next edition of the Geneva Motor Show, allows us to expect an elegant new shape, unlike that of Frankenstein. This is something that it owes to the history of the badge it will (re)present. And, since electric cars are much simpler to build than combustion engine vehicles, with a lot less parts (even if they are more expensive), the new Hispano Suiza has a much better chance of getting to production lines, even if in small numbers.

Miguel Suqué Mateu, great-grandson of the founder and current Hispano Suiza Fábrica de Automóviles S.A. president, promises it will happen. And that it will happen in Barcelona. The car will be 100% electric, as new times demand, and will able to have great performance. If electrification can ressurect the dead, as Mary Shelley once stated, Hispano Suiza is surely worthy of walking among us again. 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.