2022 GAC Barchetta Concept

2022 GAC Barchetta Concept

The GAC Group (Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd.), one of China's most renowned car manufacturers, inaugurated GAC R&D CENTER EUROPE, its first design centre in Europe, in Milan. Located in Milan's Via Tortona design district, this creative space will become a global hub, a breeding ground for talent, ideas, and innovative projects.

Together with the studios in Los Angeles and Shanghai, GAC R&D CENTER EUROPE will form an ecosystem of global excellence, designing the car of the future. The Milan centre will host professionals practicing vehicle design, experience design, and visual branding: the team will be composed of a diverse group of "Made in Europe" talents and joined by the members of GAC Design studios in China and the United States. Therefore, the city of Milan will play a fundamental role as a facilitator of exchanges and sharing of best practices on a global level. Sealing an ideal bond with the city is the decision to locate its centre of excellence in what was once the studio of the late Giovanni Gastel, the internationally renowned Italian photographer, writer, and poet from Milan.

The opening ceremony took place in the presence of Luomei Shu, Commercial Counselor, Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Milano, Jade Yin, Director of GAC GROUP Branding & Public Relations Department, Fan Zhang, General Manager of GAC R&D CENTER EUROPE and Vice President of R&D CENTER, Pontus Fontaeus, Design Director of GAC Advanced Design Los Angeles and St├ęphane Janin, Design Director of GAC Advanced Design Milan.

2022 GAC Barchetta Concept

Design Background of Barchetta Concept


This show car is created to celebrate the opening of the new GAC Advanced Design Studio in Europe. "We mixed inspiration from Italian car design from the 70s and styling cues from GAC Time concept. It is a perfect combination of modern design cues and the high-tech EV technology of GAC. It demonstrates the agility of a fully digital studio process by completing a full-size show car within two months," said St├ęphane Janin, design director of GAC Advanced Design Milan.

2022 GAC Barchetta Concept

Design Concept


GAC Barchetta, GAC Car Culture Series 1 (#carcultureseries), is the first project of the design team in Milan, and took an Iconic Italian type of vehicle as an inspiration to start with: it is a two-seat sports car without a roof and windshield.

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