Hyundai Motor Group announces new Global Design Division

The Group is currently following design philosophies for its three brands: Sensuous Sportiness for Hyundai, Opposites United for Kia, and Athletic Elegance for Genesis.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 27 Oct 2023 Views icon2842 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Hyundai Motor Group has announced the establishment of the Hyundai Motor Group Global Design Division. The new division will spearhead the Group’s efforts to design all-electric vehicles and future mobility solutions, including purpose-built vehicles (PBVs), robotics, and advanced air mobility (AAM).

Luc Donckerwolke, Hyundai Motor Group’s President, will be appointed Chief Design Officer (CDO), heading the Global Design Division. He also retains his current role as Chief Creative Officer (CCO), leading all design creatives aspects for the Hyundai Motor Group brands including future mobility, AAM and Robotics. 

“In my 32-year career as a car designer, my achievements were often enabled by my organisation’s teamwork. I believe it is my role to create an environment in which designers can be creative and lead transformations,” said Donckerwolke.

The new Global Design Division will encompass the Hyundai & Genesis Global Design Technical Unit, led by SangYup Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai & Genesis Global Design and Kia Global Design Technical Unit, led by Karim Habib, Executive Vice President and Head of Kia Global Design. The two leaders, already accredited with enhancing brand value through their design work, will direct their brands’ design directions while ensuring each brand is differentiated.

Alongside the organisational changes, a new Genesis Design Center is founded under the Hyundai & Genesis Global Design Technical Unit, allowing each mobility brand within the Group - Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis - to benefit from its own design ethos, and build a strong design identity, the company stated

Simon Loasby, Vice President, who has previously led projects establishing the design visions for the Hyundai IONIQ lineup and N brand, has been appointed as the head of the Hyundai Design Center.

Ilhun Yoon, Vice President, will lead the newly established Genesis Design Center. Vice President Yoon is known for his works on Genesis X Trilogy and current Genesis line-up design as well as the future design vision of the Genesis brand.

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