• Gained Kyu Kang will oversee superior design planning and future design technique for Kia Motors
  • Kia Motors strengthens design capabilities to capitalize on new alternatives in electrification and mobility

(SEOUL) October 26, 2020 – Kia Motors Company has appointed Gained Kyu Kang as Vice President and Head of the Kia Design Innovation Group. Beginning in his new function in November, Mr. Kang might be based mostly on the model’s design headquarters, Kia Design Heart in Namyang, Korea and can report back to Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Heart.

Specializing in superior design planning, Mr. Kang will lead the strategic improvement of Kia’s design by giving form to future design plans in each exterior and inside design throughout the whole product portfolio. His appointment is the newest improvement in Kia’s transfer to determine a management place in electrification and capitalize on new design alternatives. Superior design is seen as key component of this, with electrical and electrified autos posing new challenges and alternatives in type and structure.

An alumnus of the Transportation Design course on the ArtCenter Faculty of Design in Pasadena, California, Mr. Kang brings with him 15 years’ expertise in exterior design. He has overseen a spread of exterior design tasks, together with analysis into merging premium car design with future mobility applied sciences.

His most up-to-date function was Inventive Director at BMW Group Designworks in Shanghai, China, the place he led the design improvement course of for a spread of automotive merchandise. He beforehand spent a lot of his profession at BMW Group, and was the lead exterior designer for the 2015 BMW 3.zero CSL Hommage idea.

“I’m honored to hitch the Kia design workforce, significantly at a time when the automotive business is going through such a radical shift,” feedback Kang. “I imagine Kia will play a major-role in defining the brand new period of design with a variety of electrified merchandise and a visionary mobility roadmap for the long run. I’m excited to be a part of this journey with the dedicated design workforce at Kia to additional strengthen its product line and design technique. I’m assured that the data collected throughout my profession will contribute to the continuing transition of Kia, and I’m trying ahead to working with the workforce in new inventive instructions.”

“Gained Kyu brings with him a novel understanding of find out how to merge superior mobility expertise with beautiful, fashionable exterior designs,” stated Habib, Head of Kia Design Heart. “The automotive business is altering quickly, and Gained Kyu is ideally positioned to assist Kia’s efforts to deal with the challenges and alternatives we face. He’s an extremely proficient designer and is a superb match for our inventive Kia design workforce in Korea.”

The Kia Design Heart in Namyang, Korea is the hub of Kia’s world design community, working carefully with the model’s regional design facilities in China, Europe and the U.S. The design headquarters oversees all elements of Kia design, from conceptualization and modelling to styling and improvement of coloration and supplies.

Mr. Kang is one in every of numerous high-profile design appointments made by Kia Motors in recent times because the model additional strengthens its design capabilities for the years forward. Underneath its ‘Plan S’ technique, Kia goals to determine a management place sooner or later automotive business, drawing on R&D experience in mobility, electrification, connectivity, and autonomy.

Gained Kyu Kang profession highlights:

2017~2020: Inventive Director, BMW Group Designworks Shanghai

2015~2017: Challenge Lead / Senior Exterior Designer, BMW Group

2005~2015: Exterior Designer, BMW Group

2000~2001: Inside Designer, Hyundai Motor Firm

About Kia Motors Company

Kia Motors Company (www.kia.com) – a maker of world-class high quality autos for the young-at-heart – was based in 1944 and is Korea’s oldest producer of motor autos. About Three million Kia autos a 12 months are produced at 14 manufacturing and meeting operations in 5 international locations that are then offered and serviced by a community of distributors and sellers masking round 180 international locations. Kia right this moment has over 51,000 staff worldwide and annual revenues of over US$45 billion. It’s the main sponsor of the Australian Open and an official automotive companion of FIFA – the governing physique of the FIFA World Cup™. Kia Motors Company’s model slogan – “The Energy to Shock” – represents the corporate’s world dedication to shock the world by offering thrilling and provoking experiences that transcend expectations.

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