Giorgetto Giugiaro signs off his namesake company, Audi to take over

Legendary car designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, has sold off his stake in the design company he founded to Audi and has quit all positions in the company.

The Italian started his automotive career with Fiat at the age of 17, followed by Bertone and Ghia until 1968 when he founded his own company, Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A along with  Aldo Mantovani.

Girgetto Giugiaro designing the Porsche Tapiro

Girgetto Giugiaro designing the Porsche Tapiro

Giugiaro sold 90.1% stake in Italdesign to Lamborghini via Audi in May 2010. He held on to the remaining stake till late last month when he decided to sell it off completely. The official company report stated Giugiaro, 76, quit to follow his personal interests.

Notable Designs:

  • Fiat Uno, Panda
  • Fiat Punto (1993), Grande Punto(2005)
  • Delorean DMC-12 (Featured in the Back to the Future movie series)
  • Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone
  • Audi 80

These are just a select few which are always featured on “Worlds most beautiful cars” lists year after year. Apart from this, he is also credited for designing the Lotus Espirit, BMW M1 and the Maserati Quattroporte. No wonder he was named the “Car Designer of the Century” in 1999. He was also inducted in the “Automotive World Of Fame” in 2002.

He did not limit his greatness to automobiles though and is revered worldwide for his designs which includes Nikon D3 Camera, Beretta CX4 Storm Sub-Machine Gun and Seiko Speedmaster wrist watch.

We at 4wheelreviews, would like to thank him for giving us so many beautiful cars and can’t wait to see who replaces him as the next best car designer.

Source: AutoNews.


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