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Geneva 2011: Giugiaro Tex Concept

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A little while ago, the famous design company Italdesign Giugiaro was acquired by the ever expanding Volkswagen group, currently engaged in a determined pursuit of the world's number one auto maker, Toyota, which it hopes to dethrone by 2018.

The results of the acquisition didn't take long to make their presence felt, in the form of two Volkswagen-based Giugiaro concepts presented today at the Geneva Auto Show. Of the two, the Tex comes as a promise of a very interesting VW future.

Created by the Italian designers as a plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Tex uses what the German auto maker likes to call the Twin Drive system: a combination between an internal combustion engine, 1.4l in displacement, and an electric motor, capable of generating 85 kW.

Being a plug-in hybrid, the Tex can be used more effectively than a car powered by the internal combustion engine alone and for a bigger range that provided by a pure electric vehicle. The Tex, when used in electric mode alone, can travel as far as 35 km.

Giugiaro proves that a plug-in hybrid doesn't necessarily have to be as bulky as the Chevrolet Volt, nor as frail as the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. The Tex concept has been designed as a sports coupe, borrowing some lines from the Scirocco and adding a touch of Alfa Romeo flavor. On purpose, the design house wanted those who see the Tex to feel that the car is closer to a production model than to a concept.

"We intentionally kept a family feeling that would immediately identify it as a Wolfsburg product close to production. No visionary or futuristic choice was made, but it is rather a natural evolution of today's canons with the addition of a few technologies that will shortly become available on the market,"
said Fabrizio Giugiaro, Italdesign Giugiaro chariman.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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