GENEVA -- Design legend Giorgetto Giugiaro has styled a hybrid coupe and an electric minivan for Volkswagen that preview possible greener models for Europe's biggest automaker.
Giugiaro's Italdesign company unveiled the Tex plug-in hybrid coupe and the Go full-electric medium minivan at the Geneva auto show. Both vehicles are underpinned by VW's new MQB modular transverse platform that debuts next year on the new Audi A3 entry-premium car.
"Italdesign is a creative center for fresh ideas and its integration in the group is a building block in our effort to take Volkswagen to the top of the automotive industry by 2018," VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a statement.
Last spring, VW group bought a 90 percent stake in Italdesign to add more design and engineering capacity as the company strives to topple Toyota Motor Corp. as the world's No. 1 automaker.