ItalDesign Giugiaro Gea
Each year, I am always curious to see what concept car Italdesign comes up with at the Geneva motor show and this year, they sure have delievered with the Gugiaro GEA.
The vision behind the GEA is based on the “Piloted Driving” technology outlook for the future, which allows cars to drive increasingly autonomously. This means that the design ethos inside, shifts from the driver to the rear passengers.
The car has different driving modes like Business mode which changes the mood lights to white, brings down the dual 19 inches transparent LED’s, and swivels the front passenger seats. Wellness mode is said to be ideal for long journeys and allows the users to perform isometric exercises. The mood lights turn amber and the rear seats feature two aluminum handles which, on pressing a sensor, come out of the tray to be used for exercises on the upper body. For the lower limbs, the floor has been fitted with two boards, made by Technogym, which can be raised using the controls for use in step exercises. Dream mode is the final mode and this darkens the windows, changes the mood lights to blue and “relaxing pictures of galaxies and starry skies appear on the monitors and on the front dashboard”. Its myriad of functions can all be controlled via the LG G-FLEX smartphone, located in the seat tray. The smartphone can also be used to open and shut the "90° book-type doors".
The GEA is, designed under the supervision of Wolfgang Egger, head of styling Area of Italdesign Giugiaro. The four-door body is huge, measuring 5.37 metres long, 1.98m wide and 1.46 metres high, making it longer than a LWB Audi A8. My guess would be that it is also based on the Audi A8 considering the fact that Audi owns Italdesign. The body is constructed with a material mix of carbon fibre, aluminium and magnesium, keeping weight to 2,000kg.
Design wise, it spots gigantic 26 inch, 60 spoke alloy wheels, Audi laserlights and LED technology and The red G which has distinguished all Italdesign Giugiaro concept cars since 2007, set in the middle of the rear, is illuminated and contains the camera which serves as both a rear-view mirror and a parking assistant. The Italdesign Giugiaro GEA layout incorporates 375-litre batteries that power four electric motors of 14s Kw each. This combines to 570 kW ensuring a top speed of 250 km/h.
It is sad that this car will never see production. What do you think of the ItalDesign Giugiaro GEA?