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After famed styling house Italdesign was swallowed up by Volkswagen back in May 2010, we knew it was only a matter of time before the two came out with some kind of physical manifestation of their union. A little over 9 months later and their new bundle of joy, the Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex concept has burst forth at the Geneva Auto Show.
According to Italdesign, the Tex is an “interpretation of tomorrow’s sporty Volkswagen, and what else could power such a vehicle besides a hybrid drivetrain. The Tex uses VW’s proprietary plug-in hybrid system which apparently has a range of 21 miles on electric-only power.
Inside, the Tex eschews the outlandish cabins of most concepts for a pretty production ready interior. The VW flat-bottom steering wheel will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time in a GTI, and if the exterior is an indicator of the future design direction of a VW hot hatch, we’re all for it.
GALLERY: Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex Concept
Although Volkswagen and their respective brands occupied a massive section of the Paris Auto Show’s main hall, they were a little light on new product. This won’t be the case at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in early March, as the Volkswagen Group will debut 7 concept cars at Europe’s main auto show.
Details are slim at this point, but Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda plus “plus one – if not two – for Audi,” according to the Group’s design boss Walter de’ Silva, the man behind gorgeous designs like the Audi R8 and Volkswagen Scirocco. Guigiaro, the legendary design firm acquired by VW in 2010, will also display two concept vehicles.
Most concepts never see the light of day, but even if the models shown are a PR exercise, they should help further establish Volkswagen’s credibility in their quest to be the world’s number one automaker by 2018, a goal that they have spared no hesitation in promoting over the past year.
[Source: Automotive News]
Volkswagen will purchase a controlling share in Italdesign Giugiaro – Italy’s largest design and engineering firm. The acquisition is seen as the latest step by Volkswagen as part of a larger plan to become the world’s largest automaker by 2018. With the recent acquisition of numerous brands, including, most recently, Porsche, VW is in need of designers to shape the company’s future products.
According to a report by Automotive New Europe, VW will introduce as many as 60 new models in just this year, meaning the in-house design teams are already taxed. Rather than contract out design work, VW obviously feels it makes more sense to bring an internationally recognized design house into its fold. Some of Italdesign Giugiaro’s best known designs are the original Lotus Esprit, the De Lorean, the Maserati Quattroporte, the original Lexus GS, the original VW Scirocco, the current range of MINI models and numerous well-known concepts.
Founded in 1968 and owned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, Italdesign currently employees 975 staff – most at its headquarters in Moncalieri, south of Turin. Both Giugiaro and his son Fabrizio, who acts as chairman, are expected to continue on with the company.
The official announcement of the acquisition is expected as early as next week.
[Source: Automotive News]
See a complete list of Italdesign Giugiaro’s works after the jump:
The upcoming Toyota Prius Coupe will add plenty of eye-catching passion to its environmentally-sound drivetrain thanks to a body that will be designed in Italy.
Japan’s BestCar magazine has reported that an Italian coachbuilder will be outsourced to provide the design for the two-door Prius, with the possibilities being Pininfarina or Italdesign Giugiaro. The choice to go with Giugiaro seems more likely as Toyota already has a history of working with the renowned firm. Along with creating such masterpieces as the Maserati Quattroporte, BMW M1 and Lotus Esprit, Giugiaro designed the original Lexus GS.
The Prius Coupe is expected to be unveiled some time in 2010 as a 2011 model, and is aimed at taking on the upcoming Honda CR-Z hybrid.
[Source: BestCar via 4WheelsNews]
World famous Italian design studio Giugiaro said that it would be bringing the world’s fastest hybrid to the Geneva Auto Show and we have the first pictures. Giugiaro did send out a press release with a rendering but these are the first photos. We still don’t really know anything more about the exotic-looking beast but heck… the show doesn’t even start until tomorrow.
What we did observe were Lambo-style scissor doors with a stunning quilted Alcantara interior. The car also has a set of big Brembos. And judging from the matrix design in the glass on the upper corners of the roof and on the hood the car appears to have some solar-heating applications.
We did watch Giugiaro staff place a decal on the side of the car that appears to read “VAMIR.” Could this be the name of Giugiaro’s fierce creation?