Concept Car of the Week: ItalDesign/Volkswagen Project Orbit (1986)


Following the success of the Golf, Italdesign proposed a radical duo – Machimoto and Orbit – to evolve Volkswagen’s small car concept

The world had changed in the years since the Golf had come on the market in 1974. Then, the radical successor to the Beetle had been one of the few front-wheel drive hatchbacks on the market. The following decade, though, had seen lots of imitators from other brands. But the Golf had built up enormous loyalty among owners and a huge amount of valuable brand recognition. So any redesign, then and now, needed to stay close to the mark, with little in the way of radical change.

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