Is Italdesign readying a pair of Volkswagen concepts for next week’s Geneva Motor Show? Judging by two patents filed with the European patent office, it sure looks that way.
The Italian design house and VW have had a close-knit relationship over the past four decades, but they grew even closer last year, as the German automaker bought a 90-percent stake in the design studio. Days before the Geneva motor show, these images -- reportedly of concepts due to debut in Switzerland -- have appeared on the European Union’s trademark and design office.
Although previous Italidesign concepts have been rather avant-garde (if not completely ahead of their time), these two designs appear to be rooted in VW’s current styling trends. The first is a compact two-door hatchback, which bears some resemblance to the original Scirocco -- ironic, considering it was also styled by Italdesign. Body panels are given geometric shapes with sharp edges, along with narrow headlamps that flow into a wide grille opening. Scallops on the doors start behind the front fenders and run the length of the car, while red pinstripes located higher on the doors helps accentuate the look.
The other design appears to be a tall, four-door hatchback. Although similar in many ways to the existing Golf Plus, the concept seems smaller -- perhaps based on Volkswagen’s new Up! range of microcars. A panoramic roof, along with tall side windows, could lend the cabin an airy, expansive feel. Slender panels found on the side glass itself apparently split the large panes into manageable pieces, while simultaneously serving as a place to mount rearview cameras.
Both Volkswagen and Italdesign are mum on the situation, but Automotive News suggests it’s quite likely both will make their debut at Italdesign’s stand next week. Stay with us for all the latest news and debuts from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.