Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke to be replaced by Stefan Sielaff

Article by Christian A., on June 8, 2015

Volkswagen announced that Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke has left the company. Last March, Donckerwolke was in news reports when he claimed that Lincoln had copied his Flying Spur design. Before becoming a part of Bentley in 2012, the 49-year-old veteran of the Volkswagen Group oversaw design for Lamborghini and Seat.

In Volkswagen’s statement, it didn’t give a reason for his departure. Taking over in the position he left is Stefan Sielaff. At the New York auto show that took place in late March, Donckerwolke felt slighted at how the 2016 Lincoln Continental was designed, even going as far as to post on Facebook this comment: “Do you want us to send you the product tooling?” Car Design News reported this snide comment, which Lincoln’s head designer, David Woodhouse, took offense at.

Donckerwolke is credited for the designs of the Audi R8 Le Mans, the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo, and even the Seat Tribu SUV concept. At a high point in his career, he won the prestigious Red Dot design award. In the statement, head of VW group design Walter de Silva said that VW Group is thanking Donckerwolke for having had a key role in the design of different VW Group brands.

Next month, Sielaff will start work as the design chief at Bentley. Sielaff is 53 years old and has most recently led VW’s Potsdam design center in Germany. He first became a part of Volkswagen in 1999 at Audi’s interior design department. He worked at DaimlerChrysler for three years before going back to VW in 2006 to head Audi’s design.

In 2012, he was named as the head of the Volkswagen design center in Potsdam and chief of group interior design strategy. As director of design, Sielaff will report to engineering chief Rolf Frech. He will continue to function as the head of group interior design strategy, where he will still report to de Silva.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and CEO at Bentley Motors, said that Sielaff has the “creative vision and passion” to oversee the design of future models as the brand enters “one of the most important phases” in its history.

Dürheimer also said that he is grateful to Donckerwolke for his “significant contribution” during his almost three years with the brand. He ended his statement by saying that he wishes him “all the very best for the future.”

If you liked the article, share on:

Topics: bentley, design

Comments

Recommended

Nissan is commencing sales of the 2019 Nissan Altima on October 3, 2018 in the United States. As expected, the Japanese carmaker has already divulged the details and specs of...
by - November 26, 2018
Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the...
by - November 26, 2018
BMW’s European customers who are looking forward to have a new range extender version of the 2019 BMW i3 (BMW i3 REx) will have to bear a bad news from...
by - November 26, 2018
Imagining the future of automotive luxury more than three decades from now seems to be a daunting task. It would be hard for a typical person imagine such future without...
by - November 21, 2018
Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points...
by - November 20, 2018