• Sep 21, 2010
According to AutoWeek, Joel Piaskowski, formerly of General Motors, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz, is now making his way to Ford to head the exterior design team for the automaker in the Americas.
Piaskowski is perhaps best known for penning the Hyundai Genesis coupe and sedan – two vehicles that helped change the Korean automaker's image here in the United States. He then left Hyundai at the end of 2008 to become the head of design at Mercedes-Benz's advanced design studio in Irvine, California. Following his departure in March of this year, Piaskowski officially joins Ford Motor Company on October 1.

With recent debuts like the Fiesta as well as the upcoming Focus, Ford is proving that it's capable of creating great design. Adding Piaskowski to the mix of clever-eyed design team should only strengthen Ford's future portfolio, and we're eager to see what new designs come out of the Blue Oval under the journeyman's leadership.

[Source: AutoWeek | Image: General Motors]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy must be making mad money! Needs a better haircut and suit but I'm just saying that cuz I'm jealous! LOL.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this guy thinks he has a good haircut, I question his taste already.

      The first company that builds a car that I can consider affording, that looks as good as the Lotus Elite concept, that will be something.

      Benzes look boring, to almost bizarre lately. Hyundai Genesis sedan looks good, but the coupe mixes good with not so good aspects, and the sonata looks too swoopy, and arched, to me. I didn't like the overly-arched, bloated CLS, either.

      Not convinced about Piaskowski...

      But I will keep my eye out for Donato Coco, the Lotus Elite's designer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd be utterly surprised if this guy didn't completely rip off the Peugeot RC Concept for the front end design of the genesis... The styling is too similar to be coincidense!

      Peugeot RC Concept:
      http://www.imcdb.org/images/036/853.jpg

      Hyundai Genesis Coupe
      http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-2010/ghij/2010-Hyundai-Genesis-Coupe-Red-Front-And-Side-Speed-1280x960.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well if this guy was with Hyundai up until '08, that means that most of the Hyundais hitting the market now - including the great new Sonata - probably were at least partially designed (or at least influenced) by this guy.

      That's a pretty damn good resume then.
      Ford was smart to pick him up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully he'll help tie together Ford's designs, or at least help. I'd like to see him work as a global designer with the Fusion/Mondeo, Escape/Kuga, and maybe some future products. ;) But I'm just speaking a lot of people's opinions.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy looks like a knob. That is all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Post some pics of you so we can see how cool you look and leave comments.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll take his paycheck in a heartbeat over what someone "cool" like you makes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hyundai's design has really come around and has more of sense of style rather than the copy-paste designs of six to ten years ago (they weren't necessarily derivative, just ham-fisted). I was just thinking the other day that there are no MB designs that I care for right now. They're all way too busy and have a weak, saggy presence to me (though, Piaskowski's MB designs probably haven't seen the light of day yet).

        On the other hand, I think the new Ford designs are fresh and strong - Edge and Fiesta come to mind.

        Good luck, Piaskowski.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He may look like a knob but reality is that Ford does need some fresh new design talent here in US studios. All of the American offerings designed in USA will not sell anywhere else on the globe for a reason (they are not attractive; I guess patriots in USA are more forgiving). 2010 Fusion, nice try but it still looks like a brick compared to a Mondeo; Ford Taurus, nice vehicle for elderly people design wise; their pickup truck DESIGN wise also does not stand out to whats offered in the Asian/Euro markets. Most of the current Fords US renaissance comes from their European studios. Ford should streamline their design and offer most of their products on all of their continents (more cool Euro designs, less "Americanized" bar of soap designs although the new Edge is a step in the right direction).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way to go Ford! The competition should be worried now. I wonder, will he design a new Ranger? Oh well, I was hoping.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh no! Please do not make Ford's look lik hideous knockoffs of other manufacturer's vehicles!
      • 4 Years Ago
      He is a designer of Genesis Coupe.
      btw, everybody poaches Hyundai men.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring me a Fusion Sport styled like a C63 and you've got my business.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do all the designers keep jumping ship so quickly from automaker to automaker?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They will defiantly need some help making of for the latest disaster, the new Focus..
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