Bentley has announced Luc Donckerwolke will take over as the automaker's Director of Design. Donckerwolke started with Volkswagen in 1992 as a designer for Audi. Since then, he's worked with Škoda, Lamborghini and Seat in various design roles. His resume includes helping sketch out both the Lamborghini Murciélago and Gallardo among other notable models.
The designer steps into the vacancy left by Dirk van Braeckel, who has moved on to work with Volkswagen Group design under Walter de Silva.

As you may recall, van Braeckel is responsible for a number of Bentley's most successful models, including both the Continental GT and the Mulsanne. He joined the ultra luxury automaker in 1999. You can take a look at the official announcement below for more information.
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BENTLEY ANNOUNCES LUC DONCKERWOLKE AS NEW DIRECTOR OF DESIGN

Crewe, 13 September 2012). Bentley Motors today announces Luc Donckerwolke as its new Director of Design. Mr Donckerwolke succeeds Dirk van Braeckel who moves to Volkswagen Group design directed by Walter de Silva.

Mr Donckerwolke joins Bentley from his role as Head of Advanced Design for Volkswagen Group. He began his career as an exterior designer at Audi in 1992 and has subsequently worked for a range of other Volkswagen group brands including Lamborghini, SEAT and Skoda. His work at Lamborghini includes the award-winning designs of the Murcielago and Gallardo.

Walter de Silva said:

"Luc Donckerwolke brings a wealth of design talent to Bentley. His extensive experience makes him the ideal person to take forward Bentley's future design language, at a time when the company has significant plans for new models."

"I would like to thank Dirk van Braeckel for the significant contribution he has made to Bentley. He has overseen the evolution of the Bentley brand and the development of the new generation Continental family and the flagship Mulsanne. I look forward to him joining the team at Volkswagen Group design."


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      Fermat1313
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is it with designers and turtlenecks?
        Noah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fermat1313
        It's how they keep the creative portion of their brain warm.
      teamplayers99
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope he designs Bentleys better than his outfit
      wonky donky.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clearly he is thrilled.
      dumbmeathead74
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much do you guys want to bet this guy is a total douche?
      Body on frame
      • 2 Years Ago
      An auto designer with a turtle neck -- this does not bode well . Bet the guy/s who designed the AC Cobra didn't wear a turtle neck.
      Arthur
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it bother anyone that it seems like the Germans are taking over the entire European auto world? Don't get me wrong. I like Audis, Porsches, Benzes and Bimmers, but there's something to be said about diversity. Take the new AM Vanquish for example. That brutish carbon lip was something that only a German would do. Even in the revised present form, it seems a little out of place on what would have been an understated British grand tourer. What will happen to AM and Bentley? I guess we'll be finding out.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Homeboy needs to go to Newark and hit up the Africans to get a better hair weave! Can't be working for Bentley with a busted weave!
      dallifornia
      • 2 Years Ago
      She got a Donck(erwolke).
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Mudotaku
      • 2 Years Ago
      He looks like the 70's portrait of Cave Johnson. He will make the Bentley s run. with lemons !!!!
      Mandache Sebastian
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the best designer subestimated in the world.KEEP IT UP DONCK