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Giorgetto Giugiaro’s Celebrates 50 Years Of Automotive Design Achievements

Giorgetto Giugiaro, the man behind one of the most successful automotive design firms of the 20th century will be celebrating his 80th birthday this August. Giugiaro set up his first design and engineering company back in 1968, the company was originally called Studi Italiani Realizzazione Prototipi, very loosely translated it meant: Italian studies in prototypes. Eventually it was renamed Italdesign Giugiaro and while the company has been involved in numerous design projects, it is their work in the automotive field.

The firm has been under Lamborghini’s control since 2015 and Giugiaro has moved on to create a new company that focuses mostly on concept cars. But his legacy remains and some of the most impressive and remarkable creations to come out of Italdesign over the years. To put things into perspective this firm has worked on over 90 concept cars and has been credited with the design of over 70 production models from manufacturers as diverse as Alfa Romeo, BMW, Daewoo, Fiat, Bugatti, Maserati and Volkswagen. The original Volkswagen Golf, or Rabbit as it is called here, was one of the first collaborations that Giugiaro had with VW.

To celebrate Giorgetto’s birthday they have collaborated with Envision, a smart energy management firm, to build a one-off concept named the Giugiaro GFG Sibylla EV Concept. The Sibylla EV is more than just a pretty face though. According to GFG Style it showcases some cutting-edge thinking and uses Envision’s EnOS energy IoT platform. This allows the vehicle to be intelligently integrated into the wider energy ecosystem. We are not quite sure what that means but we are sure that the lifting front cockpit glass and rear gullwing doors look pretty amazing.

Fanciful ideas, maybe, but today’s concepts are tomorrows production cars and many ideas seen in the Sibylla EV Concept could well be in your next EV. This may well end up being the case as many of Giugiaro’s earlier designs that were initially deemed too outlandish ended up as production models. Their ground-breaking ideas too have often served as inspiration for upcoming models. With the Giugiaro family embracing the next step in auto evolution, we can expect many more such concepts in the future and perhaps a few production models too.

Source: Caebuzz

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