Hyundai plans to hire another ex-Volkswagen designer to replaces its current style guru, Peter Schreyer.
The Korean brand has extended an “offer of a lifetime” to Luc Donckerwolke, the former Volkswagen group designer who was most recently working with Bentley.
Before his time with the British brand, Donckerwolke spent much of his 23-years at VW working for Audi, though he is also responsible for the designs of the Lamborghini Murcielago and Lamborghini Gallardo.
Peter Schreyer, Hyundai’s current design chief and also a former VW employee, will retire in two years time when he turns 65, at which point he will be replaced by Donckerwolke. Schreyer is credited with giving both Hyundai and Kia a fresh new look that helped both brands change their image.
Donckerwolke was recently in the news after he publicly called out Lincoln for stealing Bentley design cues for the Continental Concept, posting “do you want us to send you the product tooling?” on Facebook, directed at Lincoln’s chief designer.
[Source: Auto News Europe]
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