The World Car Awards jury panel representing 102 journalists from 33 countries have voted LUC DONCKERWOLKE, Hyundai Motor Group’s Executive Vice President for Design and Chief Creative Officer as the 2022 World Car PERSON of the Year.
To be eligible, award candidates must have made a significant contribution to the global automotive industry with global repercussions during the period January 1 to December 31, 2021 (not limited to one market or region). That contribution could include a significant impact to their brand or company, for example, or a significant safety, engineering, design or technical advancement or other significant benefit for the consumer.
Mr. DONCKERWOLKE was chosen by the jury since he has held design responsibility for a number of highly innovative new models, including the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Genesis GV60 and Kia EV6, which were launched over the past year. In addition, his restomod Pony and Grandeur models have paid homage to the great and often neglected automotive heritage of Korea.
Mr. DONCKERWOLKE said, “I am deeply honored to receive the Person of the Year 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.
“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 the Hyundai Motor Group employees, retailers and partners who have worked steadfastly to develop a strong lineup of compelling and relevant vehicles on sale in over 200 countries worldwide.
“Since joining the Hyundai Motor Group as Chief Creative Officer in 2016, we have 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 I am privileged to be part of the creation, launch and development of the brand alongside many of my esteemed colleagues.
“I’ve always said, ‘I do design work for free, I only get paid for the meetings’. And while there are indeed many meetings, it’s always easier to accomplish a task when you’re working your dream job surrounded by dedicated team members. Thank you again for this fantastic honor.”
There were five finalists for this prestigious award that was created in 2018. This year’s top five finalists (including the winner above) represent the very best and most accomplished men and women in the industry, in very personal and different ways. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Shailesh Chandra, Managing Director, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors
James Gay-Rees and Paul Martin, Netflix’s Formula 1 Drive to Survive
Tadge Juechter, General Motors, Corvette Executive Chief Engineer
Linda Zhang, Ford F-150 Lightning Chief Engineer