It’s easy to forget that BMW has released some really mind-blowing concept cars in the past few years. With cars like the BMW X7 and 4 Series making headlines with their controversial designs, we enthusiasts can be forgiven for losing track of some of the brand’s finest metals. One of the youngest stunners was the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, a concept car that brought one of the brand’s classic cars into the future and was loved by BMW enthusiasts almost everywhere. Now the designer who wrote the CSL homage is leaving BMW and switching to KIA.
Won Kyu Kang was most recently Design Director at BMW Designworks in Shanghai and will soon become Vice President and Head of the Design Innovation Group at KIA.
“I am honored to join the Kia design team, especially at a time when the automotive industry is facing such radical change,” said Kang. “I believe Kia will play an important role in defining the new era of design with a wide range of electrified products and a visionary mobility roadmap for the future. I am very excited to be part of this journey with Kia’s dedicated design team to further strengthen its product line and design strategy. “
When Kang joins KIA, he will join a former BMW colleague, Karim Habib, who was previously Head of Design at BMW before becoming Senior Vice President and Head of the KIA Design Center.
Kang is an extremely talented designer who is likely to do great things for KIA, a brand that is not only growing in size but also bringing out some really compelling cars. Like Kabib, Kang brings a wealth of experience working for a brand for which he is best suited as a designer. It will be interesting to see how his influence on KIA designs evolves.[Source: CarMag]