Giorgetto Giugiaro said he wouldn't judge whether the Cybertruck was "beautiful or ugly."
The DeLorean designer said the truck will succeed despite criticism of its looks.
Tesla has set a delivery event for the Cybertruck for November 30.
Giorgetto Giugiaro, the designer of the DeLorean, weighed in on Tesla's highly anticipated Cybertruck.
"I don't want to judge the Cybertruck as beautiful or ugly," Giugiaro told NPR in an interview published Tuesday. "It certainly has its admirers who want a vehicle to stand out."
Since Elon Musk first announced that Tesla would make an electric pickup truck, the vehicle has faced a slew of criticism: From nitpicky fans pointing out gaps in the panels, smudges on the doors, and its humongous windshield wiper, to experts — and even Musk himself — warning that the Cybertruck may be difficult to mass produce.
Nonetheless, Giugiaro, known for designing luxury cars for Alfa Romeo, BMW, and Ferrari, told NPR he thinks the Cybertruck will find its market.
"When you step outside the norms, it's almost always seen as a provocation," Giugiaro told NPR over email. "It happens in all fields, from furniture to cooking, etc. Everyone wants to distinguish themselves; it's a market necessity, and the Cybertruck will surely be successful, I'm sure of it. I'm convinced it will find its admirers."
Despite criticism, the Cybertruck does not appear to be lacking in enthusiasts. Tesla may have over 2 million preorders for the vehicle, according to a September tally by Electrek.
Giugiaro told NPR that the Cybertruck was at least partially inspired by cars with an "origami" design. In a recent biography on Musk, Walter Isaacson wrote that the DeLorean, which appears in the "Back to the Future" film franchise, as well as James Bond's Lotus Esprit 1 Series submarine car from the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," inspired the Cybertruck's design.
Giugiaro did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
NPR also compared some of the Cybertruck's reviews to those the DeLorean received in the '80s, including jabs about its stainless-steel body and panel alignment. The Cybertruck is the first stainless-steel vehicle to be produced since the DeLorean.
While the DeLorean has become a cult classic, it faced a series of production issues, and despite early enthusiasm from prospective buyers, the company only produced about 9,000 of the vehicles, according to MotorTrend.
Tesla has set its delivery event for the Cybertruck for November 30 after two years of delays.
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