Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kia Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer

Peter Schreyer, 58, is a highly decorated German car designer who spent most of his career at Audi, starting in 1980, going to Volkswagen and then was Audi's Chief Designer from 1994 to 2002, during which time he was credited with designing the Audi TT, among many radical designs.  He was named  Automobile Magazine 2012 Man of the Year for his design accomplishments transforming Kia vehicles over the past six years as its Chief Design Officer. He spends a lot of his time commuting between Kia's European design studio in Frankfurt, Germany, Kia's North American headquarters with a design studio in Irvine, California and company headquarters in Seoul, Korea. In this interview, Schreyer says the newly-introduced-to-Korea rear wheel Kia K9 luxury sedan will likely be coming to the U.S. market. The K9 is powered by a 285 horsepower 3.8 liter V6 engine.