The tail-lights and brake lights are composed of LED rings at the end of a cone that circle reversing lights in the shape of Hispano Suiza's stork logo. Between the two parts are eight 'teeth' for the indicators, which are actually the ends of rods that extend down the cones.
At the front, a large, chrome-framed, deep-set trapezoidal grille is flanked by semi-circular headlights, and surrounded by an LED ring that serves as daytime running lights and indicators.
The overall design is relatively aerodnyamic – crucial for an electric car – with a drag coefficient of just 0.33Cd. That compares with 0.23 for the Tesla Model S, although Hispano Suiza points out that it's better than supercars including the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Underneath, the Carmen has a completely flat floor, a front splitter and rear diffuser to reduce lift.
The classic design theme is carried through inside, although again blended with modern technology. Entrance is via partially powered scissor doors. The two carbonfibre-composite seats are heated, four-way electrically adjustable and upholstered in leather and Alacantara. The latter also goes for the doors and rooflining. All is handcrafted and each buyer will be offered a "custom perfumed interior".
The dashboard remains traditional, with wood veneers, machined aluminium and toggle switchgear. There's also an analogue clock in its centre that's built by an unspecified Swiss watchmaker and a triangular gear selector that reflects the art deco dashboard of 1930s Hispano Suiza models.
The modern touches come from LED ambient lighting strips on the doors and in the footwells, a multifunction steering wheel and, most obviously, a 10.1in touchscreen infotainment system. This features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, USB and a seven-speaker premium stereo. Some functions of the car can also be controlled by a smartphone app.
On-road testing of the Carmen is scheduled to begin this summer, before production of the 19 examples begins in late 2019. Customer delivieres commence in June 2020. Each car will cost £1.3 million before taxes.
A story of two companies
There is controversy at the Geneva motor show, because two unrelated companies using the Hispano Suiza name are present.
Hispano Suiza Cars, creator of the Carmen, comes from Grup Peralada, a Spanish conglomerate primarily focused on leisure and culture businesses that is owned by the Suqué Mateu family. It began its journey in July 2018. Head of operations, Miguel Suqué Mateu, is the great-grandson of Damián Mateu, co-founder of the original Hispano Suiza company in 1904, along with Marc Birgikt.
Meanwhile, Hispano Suiza Automobilmanufaktur AG is owned by Austrian car designer Erwin Leo Himmel, and announced itself at the 2010 Geneva motor show with the Audi R8 V10-based Grand Tourismo Coupé concept.