The vice president of design of Hyundai Motor Group, Luke Donckerwolke has resigned on the 29th of April. This was announced today by Hyundai, which reports that Donckerwolke has left the company for personal reasons and there’s not info about if this means he has decided to take its next professional bet.
Luke Donkerbolke joined the Hyundai Motor Group in 2016 and served as the head of the Hyundai Design Center, and was appointed Chief Design Officer (CDO) in 2018. He is said to have contributed significantly to the innovative and differentiated designs of Hyundai and Genesis brands since joining the Hyundai Motor Group. The SUV concept GV80 presented at the New York Motor Show in 2017 presented the direction of Genesis design and the future design of Hyundai Motor through NEXO in 2018.
He started his designer career in Peugeot in 1990. After moving to Audi in 1992, he showed promise as a new designer and moved to Skoda in accordance with the Volkswagen Group’s strategy to target the Eastern European market. After returning to Audi, in 1998, the concept car ‘AL2’ won the ‘European Designer of the Year’ award and began to gain fame as a star designer. Later, Lamborghini designed Diablo, Murcielago, and Gayadro.
Prior to leaving Lamborghini in 2005, he won 15 global design awards, including three German Red Dot Design Awards and the European Designer of the Year Award. After passing through SEAT, he led the design of Flying Spur and the brand’s first SUV Venteiga at Bentley since 2012, and once again proved its design capabilities.
On the other hand, after the resignation of Vice President Dongker Volke, Hyundai Motor Group’s design is expected to lead to Lee Sang-yeop, the head of the Hyundai Design Center and Karim Habib, the head of the Kia Design Center.