A German engineering firm coaxed Walter de Silva out of retirement.
German engineering firm EDAG has coaxed designer Walter de Silva out of retirement. His first project is to draw an entire lineup of electric cars for a Chinese company.
Motor Authority reports the Chinese company who will benefit from de Silva's expertise is Arcfox, a brand-new company owned by state-owned BAIC. It's looking to take on Tesla by launching at least half a dozen models, ranging from a city car to a supercar. The portfolio will also include a sedan and, of course, at least one SUV. De Silva's touch will give the brand a coherent design language, and ensure its cars look good enough to compete on the world stage.
"I'm very happy to work for the EDAG Group -- one of the world's largest development companies. The company gives me as a designer access to many interesting projects in the old and new automotive world," he wrote in a statement.
De Silva retired from his position as the boss of Volkswagen Group's design department shortly after news of the Dieselgate scandal began making headlines. He's responsible for designing the Alfa Romeo 156 and 159, Volkswagen's Beetle, up!, Amarok, and CC, and numerous Audis including Q7, the original R8 (pictured), the second-generation TT, and the A5, among countless other models.