PARIS -- Volkswagen AG's group design director Walter de' Silva says he is ready to create a new Alfa Romeo range if the German automaker acquires Fiat's sporty brand.
VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech today acknowledged VW's interest in acquiring Alfa from Fiat. He said Alfa has great potential for improvement .
De' Silva said his design team is prepared to take on the task of redesigning Alfas.
"If Piech gets Alfa, we are ready," de' Silva said at the Paris auto show.
"We have a number of great brands (within the VW group), but Alfa had always been my secret love -- and even my wife is no longer jealous about this," de Silva said.
Formerly head of Alfa design before moving to VW Spanish subsidiary Seat 12 years ago, de' Silva denied press reports VW had already created a phantom Alfa range.
Talking together with Giorgetto Giugiaro, who in May sold 90 percent of his company, Italdesign Giugiaro, to VW, de' Silva said Alfa was a crucial brand in the legendary careers of both designers.
"My first complete design project was the Alfa 33 restyling," de' Silva said.
"My first production car was the Alfa Sprint 2600 I penned in the early 1960s while at Bertone," Giugiaro said.
He added that Alfa -- if relaunched by VW -- would not be a shame for Italy and Italians.
"Alfa is a great brand," Giugiaro said, "and the VW Group has adequate financial and technical resources to take it back to its past glories."