Fabrizio Giugiaro came of age in Geneva last month - and it wasn't just because he turned 38.
Giugiaro designed two of the biggest stars at the Geneva auto show: the Lamborghini Gallardo and the exterior of the Fiat Idea.
The much-praised Gallardo is the first Lamborghini to be styled by Italdesign, where Giugiaro is head of styling.
Fabrizio's father Giorgetto Giugiaro - the 64-year-old cofounder of Italdesign-Giugiaro - designed many famous sports cars for Maserati, Iso Rivolta, De Tomaso, BMW and Lotus. He also styled some magnificent Ferrari and Aston Martin one-off models. But Giorgetto Giugiaro never designed a Lamborghini.
Meanwhile, the Idea small minivan injects a breath of fresh air into Fiat's product range - though Fabrizio Giugiaro prefers the more radical styling model that was on the Italdesign stand.
Giugiaro decided he wanted to design cars when he was 6 years old. In April 1971, "the evening before the Turin auto show, my father took me to the workshop to see a stunning concept car, the Caimano," he recalls. "I was really thrilled and decided I wanted to design cars, too."
The Gallardo and the Idea are not the first production cars to be publicly attributed to the younger Giugiaro.
His credits include the Daewoo Matiz, Maserati 3200 GT, SsangYong Rexton, 1998 Daihatsu Move and the restyling of the Fiat Palio world-car range.
"I also styled two innovative vehicles for a Japanese carmaker, one of which won a number of design prizes," he says. "But unfortunately the carmaker decided not to communicate this cooperation."
Giugiaro also designed the Volkswagen W12 coupe and roadster, which came close to becoming limited-production cars.
"At the end of the day, there are some cars that are more my father's - such as the stunning Alfa Romeo Brera - and others that are more mine, like the Chevrolet Moray at Geneva," he says. "But the truth is all of them are cars by the Giugiaros."
The younger Giugiaro tries to avoid the spotlight.
"I'm nothing compared to my father," he says. "Working with him is an endless but stimulating education. His experience is not just huge, it's unrivaled."