CHANDAN B MALLIK, Kolkata: After almost five years with South Korea-based Hyundai Motors, group chief designer Luc Donckerwolke has left the company.
Donckerwolke had joined the company in January 2016 and took over as global design chief for all brands, including Kia, in October 2018. He worked with Peter Schreyer in this position.
The Belgian national studied car design at Art Center College in Vevey, Switzerland and has worked for Peugeot and several Volkswagen Audi Group brands.
At Audi, Donckerwolke worked on the AI 2, a prototype that preceded the aluminium bodied A2. In 1994, he left for Škoda, where he designed the first-generation Octavia and Fabia models. Four years later, he became chief designer of Lamborghini.
In Sant’Agata Bolognese, Donckerwolke worked on the final iterations of the Diablo, Gallardo and Murciélago.
In 2012, Donckerwolke joined Bentley as chief designer and was responsible for projects that included the current Continental GT and its derivatives and the stunning EXP10 Speed Six concept.
At Hyundai, his recent contributions include the Hyundai Palisade SUV, Sonata sedan and the upcoming Elantra, Tucson SUVs and concept cars like the Le Fil Rouge, the 45 and the Prophecy.
After more than 20 years in top positions in the industry, he is planning to spend more time with his family in Bavaria. Says Donckerwolke: “It’s been an honour and privilege to contribute to the shaping of the future of Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis brands. Their audacious and progressive attitude has allowed me to push the boundaries and challenge the status quo.”
Hyundai and Genesis will continue to be led by SangYup Lee, while Kia remains under the leadership of Karim Habib. Donckerwolke’s position won’t be filled right away.