Italdesign Giugiaro, the storied Italian design house that is now a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, wants to expand its customer base after becoming too reliant on work from Europe's largest automaker.
The top targets include a couple of well-known technology companies and a fast-growing electric-car maker.
"Frankly, I would go to them," Italdesign CEO Joerg Astalosch said when asked what he would do if approached by Google or Apple. "It can be Tesla as well. And I think there will be many more startups, especially in America."