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Country of origin:Germany
Produced in:2011
Introduced at:2011 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Italdesign / Giugiaro
Source:Company press release
Last updated:March 09, 2011
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe world preview of GO! and Tex at the 81st edition of the International Motor Show in Geneva marks 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.

"Italdesign is a figurehead of Italian design and engineering creativity. We have been working together closely in a spirit of partnership for many decades, said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn Chairman of Volkswagen Group. As a full member of the global Volkswagen Group, Italdesign, now more than ever, is a creative center for fresh ideas and new concepts for our brands. The integration of Italdesign is a building block in our effort to take Volkswagen to the top of the automotive industry by 2018. That is why the outstanding know-how and capacity of Italdesign in design and engineering are so important for our Group".

"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 its 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 two concept cars are powered by Volkswagen systems. Blue-e-motion is the totally electrical system of the Go!, while the plug-in Twin Drive hybrid is fitted on the Tex. Thanks to these technologies, the two prototypes guarantee performance ever-attentive to the environment. The Go! is able to travel 240 km at zero emissions, while the Tex can run 35 km in electric mode.

"The Go! and Tex are the first concrete result of Italdesign Giugiaro's integration within the Group," added Walter de' Silva, Head of VW Group Design. In actual fact, they depict the Group's philosophy and at the same time the reason that led us to want Italdesign to join us. These two concept cars are the outcome of an independent research study carried forth by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro on a topic strategic for the Group: solutions for the urban mobility of tomorrow. The GO! and Tex come out of the discussions and observations that Volkswagen and Italdesign have been working on. The first is a people mover that is compact but very roomy. The coupé instead follows Volkswagen's long sporting tradition".

The Go! and Tex have a least common denominator labelled Volkswagen. These platform proposals, developed by Volkswagen, show the future potential of the modular transverse architecture (MQB= Modularer Quer-Baukasten). The first vehicles, based on the MQB, will be launched next year. In future this architecture will indeed 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.

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