As previously reported, Volkswagen now owns a 90.1% stake in Italian design house Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A through its Lamborghini brand. This purchase includes Giugiaro’s brand name, rights and patents. Now VW has named the senior management for IDG.
Living legend Giorgetto Giugiaro will be the Chairman of the Executive Committee, while his son Fabrizio is Vice President. Ralf-Gerhard Willner has been appointed as an Executive Committee of the Board of Directors while Salvatore Cieri will join as a member of the Executive Committee and Managing Director of IDG. Willner is currently head of concept development at Volkswagen Passenger Cars, after previously holding the same position in Audi, while Cieri is a Lamborghini board member in charge of finance and admin.
IDG was founded in Turin by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aldo Mantovani in 1968. VW and IDG have cooperated on a number of projects including the first Golf, Passat and Scirocco. Giugiaro also penned memorable cars such as the Alfa Romeo Alfasud, BMW M1, Lotus Esprit, Maserati 3200GT and the original Quattroporte. The DeLorean DMC-12 made famous by the movie Back to the Future was also his work.
Most recently, IDG has been involved in projects like the Proton EMAS concept shown at the Geneva show. It is also helping out Proton with the Persona replacement model.