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The 2014 Geneva Motor Show is set to play host to a new concept car from Italdesign Giugario, and the Italian design firm has released a teaser of its latest creation.
This weekend, PlayStation 3 gamers in North America will be enjoying Gran Turismo 6 and to hype up the release, Polyphony Digital has released renderings of even more Vision Gran Turismo concepts that will be heading to the game.
It’s hard to imagine a rugged version of an Italian bull, but the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour means you don’t have to. Built in celebration of ItalDesign Giugiaro’s 45 years in business and unveiled this week at the Geneva Motor Show, the design house decided to make something that didn’t exist until now.
Everyone loves a free iPad app, especially one that makes you look sophisticated. And when you download the new Giugiaro Timeline app, you can impress all your friends with your appreciation for the finer things in life.
The famous coachbuilder and industrial design studio Italdesign Guigiaro’s iPad app tracks its history since its founding by Giorgetto Giuguaro in 1968, and runs along the timeline to 2030, showing key moments in Italdesign’s past and future.
The app starts up with an intro that flashes back to vintage pictures that capture key moments and milestones in the automaker’s existence. You’ll see a 30-year-old Giugiaro with his Bizzarrini Manta in 1968, while drawing the Alfasud in 1971, and being awarded the “Car Designer of the Century” in Las Vegas in 1999.
You can go through time quickly and easily. The timeline lets you scroll it back and forward with your finger, and when you tap on a specific year all the automotive and industrial projects developed in that very year will appear on the screen. If you want to know more about that project, just tap on in and a brief description and a photo gallery will pop up.
You can download the app for free here.
[Source: Italdesign Giugiaro]
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
Legendary Italian design firm Italdesign Giugiaro will sell a 90 percent stake to the Volkswagen Group, as the German firm looks to consolidate even more power in the automotive world.
“The Volkswagen Group will be continuing its model initiative over the coming years and will benefit from the capacity and competence of Italdesign,” said Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, in a statement released to the media. Italdesign’s patriarch, Giorgetto Giugiaro helped design the first generation Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen’s most important product, along with the original Beetle.
For his part, Giugario felt that the move was necessary to ensure the survivability of his studio. “We have grown from a small studio to a substantial industrial organization which is able to deal with global automakers. There are times when individual egoism has to step back to ensure the future sustainability of jobs.” The price paid by VW for the firm was not disclosed to the media.
[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]