The world’s most famous car designer, Giogetto Giugiaro has sold off his famed design company Italdesign Giugiaro SpA to Audi and also resigned from the board of the company.

Gifted Giugiaro, has designed over 100 cars to date and was named  Car Designer of the Century 1999 and inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2002. His design gave the world evergreen cars such as the Volkswagen Gold MkI, the aluminum bodied DeLorean, among several others. And he took his abilities beyond the auto industry as he also had designed camera bodies for Nikon, office furniture for Okamura Corporation and new pasta shape “Marille”.

Giogetto Giugiaro. Image courtesy of Carscoops.

He had earlier on in 2010 sold 90.1 percent stake in his company to Audi and kept 9.9 percent for himself and his son, Fabrizio but Carscoops reports that that changed last week Sunday when he sold the remaining shares to Audi and both father and son also resigned from the board of the company.

Image courtesy of  Wikipedia.

Italdesign Giugiaro announced that Giorgetto Giugiaro quits in order “to dedicate more time to his personal interests” and that the company won’t be influenced by the change in command. The same statement said that Italdesign Giugiaro will hire an extra 250 employees by the end of the year.

Volkswagen Mk I. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

The legendary designer is responsible for many successful models like the original VW Golf, Fiat Punto, Audi 80, Fiat Panda as well as the Alfa Romeo Brera, Lotus Esprit and Maserati Bora among others. Giorgetto Giugiaro started his career at Fiat when he was 17 years old and he designed about 100 production cars.

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