Think of famous Italian design firms and you'll likely conjure up names like Pininfarina, Bertone and Zagato. But don't forget Italdesign. The firm started by Giorgetto Giugiaro has been responsible for more designs for more automakers than we would care to count. Like Ford bought Ghia in 1970 and De Tomaso took over Vignale the year before that, Italdesign Giugiaro was subsumed into the Volkswagen Group (via Audi and Lamborghini) in 2010 – but that hasn't stopped the studio from creating.
Italdesign did up a couple of hatchback concepts for Volkswagen which it unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011, came back to the same show the following year with the Brivido sports car concept, and the year after (that being last year) with the show-stopping Parcour crossover super-coupe concept. So what has it got in store for this year?
Giorgetto and company aren't saying just yet, but they have released this solitary teaser image that shows us... very little. All we can see is the front end obscured by shining headlights. It appears to be more car-like in height and stance than a crossover or truck, with wide haunches and, in typical show-car style, side-view cameras in place of traditional mirrors. It also appears to be wearing Giugiaro's own G logo and not the emblem of one of VW's many brands. But that's about all there is to see or say.
Our compatriots at Ward's Auto seem to think it's a sedan, possibly taking a similar form to the Maserati Quattroporte, the Gran Lusso concept (itself a coupe) which Pininfarina designed for BMW last year or previewing a new four-door for Bugatti, which itself has already committed to making a new supercar coupe to take over from the Veyron, not a sedan like the Galibier. Whatever it is, we're sure it'll be striking when Italdesign pulls off the veil at the Geneva show next week.