Andreas Zapatinas

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Andreas Zapatinas (1957— ) is a Greek automobile designer and industrial designer.

Early life and education[edit]

Zapatinas was born in Athens. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and graduated in 1986.[1][2]


He worked at Centro Stile Fiat from 1988 until 1994, where he met Chris Bangle. Zapatinas 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] In 1998 he became chief designer at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo[3][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 was abandoned by Subaru.[9] This controversy is said to have been related with Zapatinas's departure from Subaru in July 2006 when he was its chief designer.[8][10]

In 2009, as Industrial Designer, Andreas Zapatinas started 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.

As of 2016 he joined Changan, a Chinese automotive company with a design headquarters in Turin Italy.



  1. ^ "Andreas Zapatinas appointed as head of Subaru Advanced Design". Car Design News. 3 April 2002. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b c d "Andreas Zapatinas to head Alfa Romeo's Centro Stile". AutoWeb. 28 October 1998. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "I believe I can fly". Torque. January 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Liberty reborn". News Limited. 6 June 2003. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  6. ^ Davis, Matt (31 March 2003). "Racing-bred Alfa turns heads and inspires lust". AutoWeek. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  7. ^ 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 978-1-85894-242-1.
  8. ^ a b McGrath, Gavin (26 August 2006). "Subaru "propeller" grille to change". Herald Sun. republished at, News Limited. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  9. ^ "WRX: 'The Impreza's wilder brother'". The Globe and Mail. 13 June 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Will Subaru's all-new Tribeca fly?". The Age. Melbourne. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Kleemann's Participation In Interlift 2009". 12 November 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Mr. Andreas Zapatinas presents Kleemann Design". 12 November 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2010.