Geneva Auto Show: Volkswagen Giugiaro Tex

Volkswagen’s partnership with Italdesign Giugiaro has debuted a new hybrid vehicle called the Tex at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. The sporty new car is powered by Volkswagen’s Twin Drive hybrid system and one of the first vehicles to be released under the new agreement between Volkswagen and Italdesign Giugiaro.

The car’s name comes from designer Giogetto Giugiaro’s love of the John Wayne like Italian comics hero Tex Willer. At nearly six feet wide with 19″ tires, the Tex is definitely a sporty more than a stylish coupe. Coming equipped with a 1.4 litre engine, the car still depends on in a mixture of energy; in its all-electric mode the Tex is limited to just over 20 miles.

image via ginevra2011.italdesign.it

Able to travel 0 to 60 mph in six seconds, and at a top speed of almost 140, the front-wheel drive car has decent pick-up-and-go for an environmentally friendly ride. As well, the Tex comes with some high-end user features like touchscreen LCD displays.

Volkswagen has been busy in terms of hybrid vehicles in 2011, releasing information about their super-efficient XL1 and a new version of their Touareg SUV.

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