Venturi Automobiles is a French-founded Monegasque-based multinational automotive manufacturer, that designs, manufactures and sells luxury electric vehicles.
Founded in 1984 by engineers Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godefro as MVS (Manufacture de Voitures de Sport), the company's sole purpose was to compete in the "Grand Tourisme" market.
In 2001, Monegasque Gildo Pallanca Pastor purchased Venturi, and decided to focus on electric-powered engines. This change of direction led to the limited-production Fétish.In August 2011, Venturi announced the creation of Venturi North America, based in Columbus, Ohio. Venturi North America was primarily created as a research and development center, and as such, maintains a close working relationship with the Center for Automotive Research.