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2010 Camaro's designer headed for Volkswagen

by Mark Kleis

The 2010 Chevy Camaro is one of the most polarizing and aggressively styled vehicles to hit the road in 2009, but now its designer is set to leave GM after 10 years of service. Designer Sangyup Lee is reportedly going to be taking post in VW's California-based design studio in 2010.

Lee was born and raised in Korea, and as a result experienced virtually no American car culture - with his first experience with a Camaro being at the age of 20. Lee got his start in American car culture when he moved to the U.S. in 1995 and began his education at the Art Center in Pasadena studying transportation design.

After finishing his education, Lee moved to Europe where he spent time with both Porsche and Pininfarina, before moving back to the U.S. to begin his 10-year stay with GM. During his tenure with GM, Lee worked on the Buick Velite concept, Stingray concept and most famously, the new Chevy Camaro.

Lee is scheduled to begin as chief exterior designer for VW/ Audi Advanced beginning mid-2010 under Jens Manske, executive director.