Italdesign CEO Joerg Astalosch, who surprised at the Geneva auto show in March by unveiling a flying car concept developed with Airbus, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 21 in Barcelona.
Astalosch sees air-based urban mobility as a new area of consulting for Turin-based Italdesign, which is owned by Volkswagen Group's Audi division.
Italdesign's Pop.Up concept unveiled in Geneva is a modular, multimodal vehicle designed for shared use in large urban areas. When necessary, it could fly over the traffic that chokes megacities thanks to an Airbus-developed large drone.
In addition to offering VW Group companies and other automakers its traditional design, engineering, prototyping and pre-production services, Italdesign has started its own business producing limited-edition sports cars and has also expanded into consulting with companies that are approaching the individual mobility sector for the first time.
Astalosch began his career within the VW Group in 1988 in Wolfsburg, working in purchasing and general management. In 2004, he was appointed head of controlling and finance for Audi of America and Canada. From 2012 to 2014 he was chief financial officer at MAN trucks in Munich. He was appointed Italdesign CEO in September 2015.