Hyundai Recruits SangYup Lee, Lead Exterior Designer of 2010 Chevrolet Camaro

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special EditionSang Yup Lee
Hyundai Motor Company has announced that it has recruited SangYup Lee to fill the role of Vice President of Styling at their design center.
While his name is not as resounding as Luc Donckerwolke, another recent acquisition of the Hyundai Motor Company, SangYup Lee used to work at Bentley. His previous position was that of Head of Exterior and Advanced Design for the British company.

Before joining Bentley in 2013 and reporting directly to Donckerwolke, Mr. SangYup Lee worked at the Volkswagen Advanced Design Center in California.

Even though he was not responsible for a particular concept and production car at Volkswagen, he is credited with contributing with several ideas to the six brands that were under the German group’s umbrella. These brands include Audi, Skoda, Porsche, Lamborghini, Volkswagen, and Bentley.

Moreover, Lee’s resume includes an internship at Pininfarina and Porsche while being a student at the Art Center College of Design in California. His first job was at General Motors, in 1999, when he was the lead designer on the C6 Corvette.

From there, he worked on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, as well as concepts like the Stingray, Buick Velite, and Cadillac Sixteen. The Camaro Concept Vehicle, which turned into the iconic “Bumblebee” in the movie Transformers, is also the work of Mr. Lee.

His new role at Hyundai will include developing design strategies and directions for interior and exterior design, as well as color and materials. Lee will work for both Hyundai and Genesis, and will report to his former boss, Luc Donckerwolke, the current Senior Vice President of Design at Hyundai Motor Company.

Vice President Lee has established himself as one of the world’s best automobile designers in the global platform. His design conception to seek new challenges and reforms harmonizes with the DNA of Hyundai Motor,” said Luc Donckerwolke, Lee’s new boss. As we mentioned before, the two designers worked together at Bentley, so we are sure they will get along pretty well at Hyundai.
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