At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Italdesign Giugiaro, owned by the German concern Volkswagen, unveiled a prototype GEA. Interestingly, the sketches of the concept car were made by the former chief designer of Volkswagen, Wolfgang Egger.
In 2013 Egger was fired from the company, but the experienced designer did not stay without work and soon moved to the Giugiaro studio, where he immediately focused on working on the GEA concept.
The prototype is a four-wheel drive sedan with four electric motors (two on each axle). The total power of the units reaches 774 hp, while the maximum speed of the car is electronically limited to 250 km / h.
Italdesign GEA uses lightweight materials such as aluminum, magnesium and carbon. The exact mass of the prototype has not been named, but the specialists of the studio say that the car weighs less than two tons. The overall length of the concept reaches 5,370 mm, which is 105 mm more than the long version of the Audi A8 (D4) sedan.
A unique feature of the prototype is an autonomous control system with lighting technology. So, when the driver controls the car, the optics of the car have a white tint, and when the autopilot is turned on, it changes to blue.
Another feature of the Italdesign GEA Concept is the ability to change the interior environment. There are three modes in total: Business, Wellness and Dream. When the first is activated, the interior turns into a kind of “office on wheels”. 19-inch LED screens light up on the ceiling, and the front passenger seat can either be rotated 180 degrees or folded, thereby freeing up additional space for work.
Wellness mode transforms the salon into a kind of miniature gym. There are special handles on the back row – they can be used for simple physical exercises, while following the instructions of the equipment manufacturer Technogym on the monitor.
Well, in Dream mode, you can combine one of the rear seats with the front one, thereby getting yourself a completely comfortable bed. The interior lighting will become softer and more relaxing.
Representatives of the Italdesign Giugiaro studio noticed that the GEA prototype is a kind of harbinger of the future flagship model of Audi of the new generation, but they found it difficult to say which of the technologies involved in the concept will appear on the production car.