According to a statement made by Volkswagen AG, the parent company of British ultra-luxury automaker Bentley, the latter’s design boss, Luc Donckerwolke, has decided to leave the carmaker for unspecified reasons.
Luc Donckerwolke, 49, has been a veteran of the German Group, the second largest automaker in the world and the biggest in Europe, having directed the design studios of three different brands within VW AG – Bentley, Lamborghini and Seat. In his place at Bentley is coming Stefan Sielaff, the 53-year-old leader of the Potsdam design center in Germany, replacing Donckerwolke as design chief of the British marquee after July 1. Bentley’s design was headed by Donckerwolke since 2012 and the most recent headlines concerning him didn’t refer to a new Bentley model, but his ruthless slamming of the new design of the Lincoln Continental concept – he called it a copy of the Bentley Flying Spur. While at VW Ag, his most notable designs are the Audi R8 Le Mans, the Lamborghini Murcielago and Lamborghini Gallardo, or the Seat Tribu SUV prototype, and he is also a winner of the prestigious Red Dot design award. “Luc Donckerwolke has played a key role in the design of various Group brands,” commented VW head of group design Walter de Silva.
Meanwhile, his successor, Sielaff, started with Volkswagen back in 1990, in the interior design department at premium unit Audi and after working for three years with DaimlerChrysler he was back to head Audi’s design in 2006. Since 2012 he is the chief of the Volkswagen design center in Potsdam and also oversees group interior design strategy.
Via Automotive News Europe