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Great Wall loses car design chief to Kia
Automotive News China | 2017/9/26

Great Wall design chief Pierre Leclercq is leaving China's largest crossover maker to join Kia Motors Corp. this month. 

Kia announced that Leclercq will lead the styling team at its design center in South Korea. Great Wall confirmed Leclercq¡¯s resignation, but has yet to name a successor.

In 2013, Great Wall lured Leclercq away from BMW AG and named him vice president of design. He designed the Haval H6 compact crossover -- the company¡¯s top-selling model -- plus four models for Great Wall¡¯s new Wey premium brand.

He also helped open a satellite studio in Shanghai to support the work of Great Wall¡¯s main studio in the north China city of Baoding.

Before joining Great Wall, Leclercq was a top designer for BMW AG, where he penned the original X5 and X6 crossovers. 

Great Wall, headquartered in Baoding, delivered 603,469 crossovers, SUVs, pickups and sedans in the first eight months of 2017, up 1.9 percent from a year earlier.

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