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Andreas Zapatinas is a Greek automobile designer, born in Athens in 1957.

Zapatinas studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and graduated in 1986.[1][2] He worked at Fiat Centro Stile from 1988 until 1994, where he met Chris Bangle. He was chief exterior designer of the Fiat Barchetta.[2][3][4] He also contributed to the design of Fiat Coupé and Alfa Romeo 145.[3][4]

In 1994 he followed Bangle to BMW[2][3] and in 1998 he became chief designer at Alfa Romeo Centro Stile[5] near Milan. He has been credited for the unique for its time rear end design of the Alfa Romeo 147.[6]

In 2002 Zapatinas joined Subaru as Head of Advanced Design.[7] At Subaru, he is often credited with the controversial "spread wings grille" first introduced on the R2, and later the B9 Tribeca[2][4][7] and the Impreza, but Subaru have said that this concept was proposed before Zapatinas joined the Japanese company.[8] This design created some controversy, and it has been abandoned by Subaru.[9] This controversy is said to have been related with Zapatinas's departure from Subaru in July 2006.[10]

In 2009, the Industrial Designer, Andreas Zapatinas starts cooperating with KLEEMANN Lifts designing Elevator Cabins and Doors.[11] "We see the lift not as just a small square box that moves you up and down but as a means of transportation that provides a unique experience. It's not only the new curved shape and design. Above all, it is the different new feeling you get in the FUTURE TREND cabins. We design the lift as a high tech vehicle that provides you added sensations". With these sentences, Andreas Zapatinas, the designer of the Future cabins and doors, creates the concept of the new trend; the Future Trend. [12]

References

^ "Andreas Zapatinas appointed as head of Subaru Advanced Design". Car Design News. 3 April 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
^ a b c d Patton, Phil (7 February 2005). "If Subarus Grow Up to Be Pretty, Will They Still Be Attractive?". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ a b c "Andreas Zapatinas to head Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile". AutoWeb. 28 October 1998. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
^ a b c "I believe I can fly". Torque. January 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ "Liberty reborn". carsguide.com.au (News Limited). 6 June 2003. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ Davis, Matt (31 March 2003). "Racing-bred Alfa turns heads and inspires lust". AutoWeek. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ a b Newbury, Stephen (2004). The Car Design Yearbook 3: The Definitive Annual Guide to All New Concept and Production Cars Worldwide. Merrell. p. 232. ISBN 9781858942421.
^ "Subaru “propeller” grille to change". carsguide.com.au (News Limited). 26 August 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ "WRX: 'The Impreza's wilder brother'". The Globe and Mail. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ "Will Subaru's all-new Tribeca fly?". The Age (Melbourne). 16 November 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
^ "KLEEMANN’s PARTICIPATION IN INTERLIFT 2009". 12 November 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
^ "Mr. Andreas Zapatinas presents Kleemann Design". 12 November 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2010.

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