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Giorgetto Giugiaro Leaves Design Firm He Founded

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/6/2015 Erick Ayapana

Giorgetto Giugiaro, founder of the Italdesign Giugiaro design studio, has stepped down from his position as the company’s honorary chairman. The move caps Giugiaro’s career in car design, which spans over 60 years and has earned him a number of awards and accolades.

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As a young designer, Giugiaro got his start with Fiat and coachbuilders Ghia and Bertone. He established Italdesign Giugiaro in 1968 and has penned hundreds of vehicles including the first-generation Volkswagen Golf and the Audi 80. His portfolio also includes a number of exotics like the De Tomaso Mangusta and Maserati Bora. His son, Fabrizio Giugiaro, has also been an influential designer for the firm. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Back in 2010, Giugiaro sold a 90.1 percent stake of his company to Volkswagen Group.Automotive News reports that Giugiaro and his son sold their remaining stake to Audi last month. Guigiaro is stepping down to “dedicate more time to his passions and personal interests,” Italdesign said in a statement.

In recent years, the design studio has penned a number of wild concepts including the Giugiaro Brivido plug-in hybrid and the Parcour. The latter is a four-wheel-drive coupe powered by a mid-engine, 550-hp V-10.

Giorgetto Giugiaro Leaves Design Firm He Founded

Giugiaro’s departure will not affect the studio’s operations. Italdesign, which currently includes over 1,000 employees, says it continues to grow and plans to add 50 new staffers by the end of the year.

Source: Italdesign Giugiaro, Automotive News Europe (Subscription required)

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