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Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Kia Motors Corporation and Hyundai Motor Group, has received the prestigious Lifetime Design Achievement Award from EyesOn Design.

Schreyer was recognized at the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology’s Vision Honoured award ceremony in June for his work overseeing the global design strategy of Kia Motors. This latest award places him on a list of international vehicle designers which includes design legends such as Sergio Pininfarina, Shiro Nakamura, Walter de’Silva and Giorgetto Giugiaro. The EyesOn Design award is significant in that previous winners of the award make up the judging panel.

Since joining Kia in 2006, Schreyer has revolutionized the brand’s styling and among other design characteristics of Kia’s latest models, is responsible for the signature ‘tiger-nose’ grille which identifies all current models. Schreyer leads design strategy for both Kia and Hyundai, and oversees Kia’s three design studios in Korea, Germany and the USA.

In presenting the award, Dr Philip Hessburg, Medical Director at the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, said ”We, and the whole design community, are excited and proud that Peter is receiving the Lifetime Design Achievement award. In getting this award, he joins the absolute luminaries of car design.

Peter Schreyer commented “throughout my professional life, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of incredibly passionate and talented designers. With the appointment at Kia, I’ve had the chance to shape the brand into something altogether more stylish, distinctive, and young-at-heart, and our models reflect this attitude.

We have received a number of design awards for the styling of Kia vehicles over the last few years, but our work goes beyond just the appearance of our cars. Kia design goes from strength to strength, and I’m honoured to be a part of this process. It’s a huge honour to receive this Lifetime Design Achievement award, and it’s also testament to the hard work and creativity of Kia’s design teams around the world”

This is an exact article taken from July 2014 issue 142 Vision 21 newsletter