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Who is Giorgetto Giugiaro and what cars has he designed? -Moens I/O

Giorgetto Giugiaro has designed many iconic cars. For 55 years, the Italian car designer has influenced the automotive industry through his unique approach and ideas. Here’s a look at his career and the most famous cars designed by Giugiaro.

Giorgetto Giugiaro’s car design career turns 60

Giugiaro’s career in automobile design began in 1955 when he submitted some vehicle sketches to a student exhibition. Dante Giacosa, Fiat’s technical director, recruited Giugiaro based on the creativity of those sketches. Four years later, he moved to Gruppo Bertone, another Italian car manufacturer. Eventually, he partnered with Aldo Mantovani and founded the company ItalDesign/Giugiaro, of which Lamborghini Holdings bought 90% in 2010.

Giugiaro’s impressive six-decade career has seen the 84-year-old design over 200 cars for various companies. In 1999, he was named Designer of the Century, and in 2002, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

These are some of the cars in which Giorgetto Giugiaro participated in the design:

  • Alfa Romeo Alfasud
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint
  • bmw m1
  • Bugatti EB112
  • Delorean DMC-12
  • Fiat 850 Spider
  • Lexus GS
  • lotus soul
  • Maserati Ghibli
  • Saab 9000
  • Subaru SVX
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Volkswagen Scirocco

Details about famous cars designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro

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Some of the most beautiful vehicles designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro are concept cars that were never mass-produced. However, he produced several models for mass production. For example, in the early 1970s, Giugiaro’s signature design for production vehicles was a wedge-shaped style inspired by the angular lines of origami. That look became the style of cars in the 70s and 80s, including the Volkswagen Golf and the Lotus Esprit.

Let’s take a look at several cars with Giugiaro’s inspired styling:

Lotus Spirit (1972)

Giugiaro’s original Lotus Esprit design had aerodynamic problems which caused the car to lift at high speeds, making it difficult to drive. It had to modify the design to meet global regulations, such as windshield tilt reduction and US rollover requirements.

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BMW M1 (1977)

Giugiaro was inspired by the BMW E25 Turbo sports car concept that the German automaker had built to celebrate the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. He then incorporated his signature angular look. Unfortunately, only 450 of those cars were sold.

DeLorean DMC-12 (1981)

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The look of the DeLorean DMC-12 was inspired by the 1970 Porsche concept car designed by Giugiaro. Unfortunately, John DeLorean made several mistakes with the final product. One mistake was that he put the engine at the rear of the car, which reduced handling. As a result, DeLorean built only 9,000 of these cars.

Subaru SVX (1991)

Giugiaro moved away from his trademark sharp-angled styling to give the Subaru SVX a rounder look. Also, the paintwork was two-tone, with the midsection painted one color and the bottom and roof painted a contrasting colour.

Lexus GS (1993)

The Lexus GS moved away from the Japanese design in favor of a European look. However, with modest sales, the new generation Lexus GS re-incorporated the Japanese forward design in 1998 with a four-headlamp design.

Giorgetto Giugiaro’s influence on car design

Today’s cars no longer have the angular wedge look, but a more curvy design. The change from the styling of the 70s and 80s came as the focus was on better aerodynamics to save fuel. However, the Giugiaro aesthetic in the 70s and 80s helped develop the hatchback styling found in modern SUVs and crossovers.

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