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Published on February 25th 2022 in

Announcing the World Car Person of the Year 2022

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) is proud to announce that the World Car Awards jury has named Luc Donckerwolke, the HMG’s executive vice president for design and chief creative officer, its 2022 World Car Person of the Year.

The accolade recognises automotive industry professionals who have made a significant impact in the year leading up to the award. The World Car Awards jury representing 102 journalists from 33 countries cited Donckerwolke’s role overseeing innovative new models, including Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60, as the principal reason for honouring him this year. They also heralded the resto-mod Pony and Grandeur models that paid homage to Korea’s often overlooked automotive heritage.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award and would like to thank all of the jury members and the valued team at Hyundai Motor Group, without whom this would not have been possible,” said Donckerwolke. “I have worked for many companies and brands over my career and I’m delighted at the recognition the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands have received. They are a true reflection of the effort of all of HMG’s employees, retailers and partners who have worked steadfastly to develop a strong line-up of compelling and relevant vehicles on sale in over 200 countries worldwide,” he added.

Since joining HMG in 2016, Donckerwolke and his team has not only continued the upward trajectory of both the Hyundai and Kia brands but also introduced a new luxury brand, Genesis. Since its introduction, the Genesis brand has grown to receive many accolades, and Donckerwolke said he was privileged to be part of the creation, launch and development of the brand alongside many of his esteemed colleagues.

Donckerwolke’s 30-year career as an automotive designer has enabled him to gain worldwide experience working for many prestigious brands, including Bentley, Lamborghini, Skoda, Seat and Audi. A passionate automotive aficionado and collector, Donckerwolke also takes great pride in his multi-cultural background and speaks eight languages.

HMG pushed forward its global electrification plans in 2021 despite a challenging year for the global automotive industry. Hyundai IONIQ 5 and Kia EV6 have both received a number of accolades despite their debuts late in the year, and Genesis GV60 – the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle – has also been very well received.

The World Car Person of the Year award is part of the annual World Car Awards, which officially launched in January 2004. The award aims to recognise, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in the automotive industry.

Industry Partners