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Volkswagen buys Italdesign Giugiaro
Volkswagen takes over Italdesign Giugiaro

Another designhouse loses its independency. Today, the Volkswagen Group and Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A have announced that the Volkswagen Group will take a 90.1 percent stake in Italdesign Giugiaro.
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa @ Villa d'Este
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa

As announced, the one-off Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa by Zagato is presented during last weekend's Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance.
Alfa Romeo TZ3: the return of the "Tubolare Zagato" [update: wallpapers added]
Zagato Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa

Alfa Romeo is celebrating its centenary this year and already unveiled the Bertone Pandion and Pininfarina 2uettottanta. A third concept was expected but didn't show up in Geneva. Villa d'Este is the place where Zagato will introduce the Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa Concept.
Zagato's Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta spotted
Zagato Ferrari 550 GTZ Barchetta

Zagato's 550 Barchetta is surrounded by much secrecy. She was not officially introduced to the media and the owner took delivery of the car in silence. Luckily she has not been tucked away in some underground garage! member Ashwin Gupta took some shots of her during a "Cars & Coffee" in Scottsdale, Arizona, and uploaded the images to his Flickr account.
Touring Superleggera Bentley Continental Flying Star
Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star Shooting Brake

The very first Bentley Continental Shooting Brake is a fact. It's called the Bentley Continental Flying Star and is made by Touring Superleggera, the revival of Felice Bianchi Anderloni's Carrozzeria Touring. Here are the pictures from the Geneva show.
For real: Carlsson C25
Carlsson Mercedes SL600 C25

Februari 11th, we presented the design renderings of the C25, a technically and optically enhanced Mercedes SL600 (or SL65 AMG?) by German Mercedes tuner Carlsson. Here are the pictures of the real deal.
Outrageous: Hispano-Suiza to return a Coachbuilder
Hispano-Suiza Audi R8 V10

You all know Hispano-Suiza, right? Those who are not very familiar with this legendary luxury brand, check Wikipedia and do a search in our forum. Today, German car magazine AutoBild anounced Hispano-Suiza's return. Reading about the expected revival of this historic Spanish-Swiss-French brand should have made me smile, instead I cried. The new Hispano-Suiza, to be introduced next week in Geneva, is actually going to be nothing more than a rebodied and tuned Audi R8 V10. A shock, really...
Tuning + Coachbuilding = New Sports Car
Carlsson C25


The best way to become a sports car manufacturer? Pick an existing chassis of your liking, invest in some tuning and apply a new body design. A simple recipe that many tuners from the past have used before. Often with great success, like for instance Alpine (Renault), Abarth and Moretti (Fiat), Lister (Jaguar) and more recent Guldstrand, Callaway and Anteros (all three on Corvette) and Saleen (Ford). German Mercedes Tuner Carlsson now performs the same trick by presenting the C25, a tuned and rebodied Mercedes SL600.
Lightning strikes
AMC Amitron

Can a small electric city car come in an attractive shape? Not if you let the big manufacturers design it. However, when Italian design houses interfere it can be so, says Jeroen Booij.
Devon GTX going down with Viper?
Devon GTX

A while ago we reported about the wonderful Dodge Viper-based Devon GTX, which was introduced during the '09 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. After the Viper brand went on the market, Scott Devon had made three different offers to buy Viper, which were sadly rejected by Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli. Devon's production plans for the GTX may be in jeopardy, now that the Chrysler-Fiat Group have decided to kill the Viper.
Walter, what were you thinking?
Walter de'Silva Bugatti

We came across some scans from Quattroruote Magazine on the net, picturing a car that's supposed to be a Bugatti. It appeared to be a top secret design proposal by Walter de'Silva, now almost ten years old. Our first thoughts: Oh my God... Walter, what were you thinking?!
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