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003Entrance of the prestigeous King Saud University in Riyadh.

The Gazal 1 styling model, presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show on the King Saud univesrity stand, is the result of the first "project" of KSU automotive engineering degree course in Riyadh.


The "project" management dedicated to fifty students, running from April 2009 within end 2010, totally cared by KSU docents was supported by external partnerships with Magna Steyr Italy for engineering along side Studiotorino for styling as mentors.

004April 2009 Riyadh, His Excellency, Professor Abdullah
Al-Othman, The Rector of King Saud University,
Ing W. Breitenhuber,
and the Dott. Tiziano Novo della
Magna Steyr Italia.
005April 2009 - Riyadh at King Saud University. First official meeting at work starting, present the Vice Rectore professor Ali Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Doctor Tiziano Novo and Ing.W. Breitenhuber from magna Steyr, Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish and Alfredo Stola.

006April 2009 in Riyadh , Vice rector Proff. Ali Saeed A-Ghamdi and Proff. Saied Mohamed H. Darwish of the KSU and Doctor Tiziano Novo of the Magna Steyr Italia.007Alfredo Stola with Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish and one of the KSU students in Riyadh.

Academic lessons, covering all aspects of automotive development, including styling and engineering feasibility as well as the engineering and construction of the styling model and the first running prototype, were conducted in Riyadh in parallel to “on the job” training In Turin.

008An automotive engineering lesson at
the King Saud University.
009Alfredo Stola with the King Saud University
students in Riyad.


013One of the first sketches pre selections with Professor Saied Mohamed H. Darwish in RiyadhThe styling requirements given to Studiotorino by King Saud University and outlined in the first meeting in Riyadh on April 7th 2009, were very clear: this new SUV would be classical, contemporary and durable whilst avoiding short lived fashion and would to be based on the chassis and mechanics of the long wheel base Mercedes G-class.

014Alfredo Stola shows the final Gazal 1 style to the king Saud University management, in presence of the vice rector Professor Ali Saeed Al-Ghamdi


Studiotorino called on the expertise of Peter Arcadipane, an Australian designer of thirty years experience in some of the best known Automotive design studios around the world, cooperating directly in team with the KSU students. Over 50 sketches side view proposals were presented and the academic body began a selection process which led to the final choice in May 2009.

015Peter Arcadipane in team with the KSU students, designed the Gazal-1 style for STUDIOTORINO.


Along side the KSU students and the supervision of teachers from the University, Magna Steyr Italy carried out the development of the digital surfaces used for the construction of the styling model presented at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.


016The students of the IAAD institute, Pietro Nume and Davide Perrone, STUDIOTORINO stagists caring the graphic setting.

The "environmental graphic study" only for the style sketches comes from the stage offered to Studiotorino by the I.A.A.D. design institute in Turin and their students, in optic of collaboration among schools.


017The official style sketch presented to the rector of the King Saud University, His Excellency Professor Dr. Abdullah Al- Othman


The name “Gazal 1” and the colour green were selected by the university staff for their local significance. Gazal refers to the Arabian Gazelle, a fast, strong and particularly well adapted animal to the region and green being one of the most popular colours amongst Arabian people.





This first iautomotive engineering course can be ended within June 15, 2010.
On that day, at the royal residence in Jeddah, the entire teaching staff, together with students of the course, presented to HRH King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz AlSaud, the first engineered and running prototype.

022Jeddah June 15, 2010 His Excellency Professor Abdullah Al-Othman, rector of KSU, gives the scale model of a Gazal 1 to HRH King Abdullah bin Abdullaziz Al Saud.023Jeddah June 15, 2010 Crib Royal Palace King
Abdullah sees for the first time
the Gazal 1 prototype.

Beyond the academic and technical aspects of the project, the experience provided a good opportunity for co-operation, cultural exchange and the development of new friendships.

024Jeddah June 15, 2010. Group photo with King Abdullah, with the KSU leadership and faculty and the students
attending first automotive engineering course.