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Italy's largest design and engineering firm could be scooped up to fuel VW expansion
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19 May 2010

Volkswagen will take control of Italy's largest design and engineering firm, Italdesign Giugiaro, according to reports.

The deal, which has not been confirmed but which could be completed within seven days, makes sense as it would provide the VW Group with immediate access to experienced designers, which it needs to complete its aggressive expansion plans.

Italdesign was co-founded by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1968 and currently has 975 employees. Giugiaro, 71, continues to own and run the company, serving as its chairman.

Giugiaro's recent work includes the Alfa Romeo 159 saloon and station wagon, Brera coupe, Fiat Grande Punto and Idea, and the Suzuki SX4 and Fiat Sedici.

Its engineering work typically remains confidential, although it was publicly revealed that the company engineered the hatchback, convertible and Clubman versions of the second generation Mini.

The company also has previous history working with the VW Group, styling the first-generation Golf, Audi 80, VW Passat and Scirocco, VW's W12 sports car concepts, plus several Seat models and Bugatti concepts.

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RadeB 19 May 2010

Re: VW 'to buy Giugiaro' imminently

blowerbentley wrote:
I thought Ricardo engineered the 2nd generation Mini hatchback.
Involvement in engineering is usually confidential, in fact the only publicly revealed project in the last fife years was involvement in BMW's second generation of Mini, hatchback, cabrio and Clubmen as well

Uncle Mellow 19 May 2010

Re: VW 'to buy Giugiaro' imminently

This sounds like terrible news. Italdesign needs to be independent. This is comparable to what - Goldman Sachs buying the Bank of England ?

blowerbentley 19 May 2010

Re: VW 'to buy Giugiaro' imminently

I thought Ricardo engineered the 2nd generation Mini hatchback.

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