Luc Donckerwolke Named Chief Designer at Bentley

Luc Donckerwolke, the man responsible for creating one of the most iconic cars of the 2000s–the Lamborghini Murcielago–is taking his talents to another company famous for V-12 coupes: Bentley.

Donckerwolke has been in the VW Group family since he started at Audi Design in 1992. Since then he’s worked for companies as varied as Skoda, Seat, Audi, and Lamborghini. After taking the design reins in 1998 Donckerwolke headed the design team that created the Lamborghini Murcielago in 2002 and Lamborghini Gallardo in 2004. He also teamed up with Walter de’Silva (who is now head of VW Group design) in 2006 for the retro Lamborghini Miura concept.

If big V-12 cars aren’t exactly your thing, know also that Donckerwolke was responsible for the slow-selling but important Audi A2, which used futuristic design and lightweight components to return up to 78 mpg without any electric or alternative fuel systems. He was also responsible for the 2008 Seat Ibiza, the VW Polo-sized supermini sold in Europe. Donckerwolke was most recently head of advanced design for the VW Group.

Now that he’s made the move to Bentley, Donckerwolke will oversee a brand with some models that have received acclaim (the Continental and Mulsanne) and an ill-received concept car, the EXP 9 F. We’ve heard that the EXP will receive some changes before it finally goes on sale, so here’s hoping Donckerwolke’s extensive experience will help out the project.

Source: VW Group

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