By Drew Johnson
Friday, Dec 28th, 2012 @ 10:01 am
 
Kia Motors has promoted Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer to President, marking the first time a non-Korean has ever held the position in the company's history.

Schreyer, 59, was plucked from Audi's design division in 2006 to help lead Kia's styling transformation. While at Audi, Schreyer designed some of the brand's most recognizable models, including the TT sports car.

Over the last six-years at Kia, Schreyer has overseen several new vehicle launches, including the Sportage, Rio and Optima. Schreyer is also responsible for establishing Kia's so-called "Tiger-nose" design language.

Although not confirmed, one of Schreyer's upcoming projects is believed to be a new rear-wheel drive coupe aimed at cars like the Audi A5. Rumors have also suggested that Schreyer's design department could introduce a road-going version of the stylish GT concept sometime next year.