Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex Concept at the 2011 Geneva motor show on Driving the Nation

Geneva, Switzerland – The world preview of GO! and Tex at the 81st edition of the International Motor Show in Geneva marked the debut of Italdesign Giugiaro as part of the Volkswagen Group.

The two prototypes are the Giugiaro’s interpretation for the Volkswagens of the future designed for the A0 segment.

“We conducted a research study imagining the Volkswagens of the upcoming future, cars for the most part designed for the city with our highly personal interpretation, for our debut within the Group,” declared Giorgetto Giugiaro. “Go! is an MPV that continues that subject owing to it’s improved ergonomics and passenger room while keeping the smaller exterior size that has distinguished a large part of my career. It is a vehicle that is no more than 4 metres long, is eco-friendly, and is able to guarantee the utmost in terms of ergonomics and luxury, with an abundant loading volume. Tex on the other hand is our interpretation of tomorrow’s sporty Volkswagen.”

The first vehicles with this platform proposals, developed by Volkswagen,, based on the MQB= Modularer Quer-Baukasten, will be launched next year.

In the future this architecture will be able to house an electrical plug-in system, a hybrid system, a classical internal combustion engine powered by petrol, diesel, LPG, CNG and even hydrogen fuel cells without distinction.

With the same wheelbase as that of the Passat “ 2700 mm “ the Go! is a hatchback. The battery pack is housed underneath the front and rear seating positions.

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