Roberto Giolito graduated in industrial design in Rome in 1985, he entered the design business as a freelance, working for furniture and interior design companies.
He joined the Fiat Style Centre in 1989, working at the beginning of innovative prototypes with electric traction. His first creation, for both the interior and the exterior, is the Fiat Downtown, which was presented at the Geneva Motor Show 1993 in a fully working prototype. The following year, he designed another zero-emission electric concept car, Fiat Zic, which made its debut at the Swiss Motor Show in 1994. In the same year, he started to work on a compact MPV concept, which would lead FIAT to present and produce the popular Fiat Multipla, a 4 meters long six-seater vehicle, with the innovative concept of two rows/three side-by-side seats.
In 2002 Giolito is the first director of the Fiat Group’s Advanced Design Center, where the first concept car inspired by the old 500 icon (Trepiùno, Geneva 2004) will take shape, together with many other production vehicles, such as the Fiat Grande Punto and the Fiat Qubo. In 2007 Giolito made his debut with the new Fiat 500, winner of the Car of the Year award, and was also appointed head of Fiat and Abarth Design at the Centro Stile in Turin.
In 2008 he was nominated Eurostar 2008 by Automotive News magazine, and was awarded the prize for innovation in the Design section by the President of the Italian Republic. In 2011 the Fiat 500 is awarded the “Compasso d’Oro” by the ADI commission.
In 2012 Giolito becomes Design Vice President for the EMEA region of Fiat Chrysler, to supervise the whole range of new products of the European brands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. In 2015 he was appointed head of the Heritage division of FCA Italy, to direct and coordinate a team committed to the protection of the heritage of all the Group’s historic cars.