Hyundai appoints Christopher Chapman as new chief designer

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In recent years, Hyundai has garnered quite a lot of attention over the styling of its vehicles. The latest versions of the Sonata and Elantra as well as the new Veloster all feature sculpted, curvaceous bodywork that follows Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy. Now, Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc. (HATCI) has appointed a new chief designer of the Hyundai Design Centre in Irvine, California to take charge of new vehicle and concept design.

The new chief designer is none other than Christopher Chapman, who has a wealth of experience in the industry. In 1989, Chapman worked at the Isuzu Technical Center of America in Cerritos, California. While at Isuzu, he contributed to the exterior styling of the XU-1 show car which won Best Concept in its debut at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show.

A move to BMW Group's DesignworksUSA studio in Newbury Park, California in 1994 lead to even more recognition for Chapman. The exterior styling of both the BMW X5 and the X Coupe concept car received input from Chapman. He also contributed to the design of the BMW CS1 concept car which debuted at the Geneva Auto Salon in 2002 and went into production as the BMW 1 Series in 2004. Later on in 2002, Chapman became BMW's Director of Automotive Design, a role in which he oversaw the development of the X5, X3, Z4 and more.

"With over 22 years of experience in the industry working on esteemed automotive brands, Chris provides a level of talent that will help further our design portfolio," said SukGeun Oh, Head of Design, Senior Executive Vice President Hyundai Design Center. "We are thrilled to have Christopher Chapman as chief designer for Hyundai and look forward to continuing the strong momentum of our vehicle designs."

Chapman's challenge, given that Hyundai has earned high praise over the styling of its current models, will be to keep the momentum moving forward while making his own mark within an already-successful design philosophy.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hyundai, Christopher Chapman, Design,

Organizations: Hyundai

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