The Belgian designer has reportedly left the position of Bentley’s Director of Design to join the Hyundai Motor Corporation although both Korean brands have yet to confirm his appointment, Automotive News Europe said. Stefan Sielaff will succeed him at Bentley.
Current Chief Design Officer for Hyundai and Kia, Peter Schreyer will vacate his position within the next two years as he approaches retirement (he turns 63 this year). Schreyer was a central figure for the complete restyling of Kia’s lineup of vehicles that resulted in the brand’s recognisable Tiger Nose face.
Both Schreyer and his upcoming replacement Donckerwolke have worked as a designer in the Volkswagen Group with Schreyer being responsible for the original Audi TT’s design. Donckerwolke’s notable work included the Lamborghini Diablo VT, Murciélago, and Gallardo. He was also involved in the design of Bentley’s future SUV, the Bentayga before leaving the position.
With a portfolio like that, Luc Donckerwolke certainly seems to be the perfect fit to design future Kia and Hyundai vehicles. Will it be revolutionary or evolutionary? We’ll have to wait and see.