Volvo recruits former Volkswagen designer as its new design boss

To define the brand's future design direction
Mar 15, 2012

A different hand will now be penning Volvo vehicles as the Swedish carmaker has appointed Thomas Ingenlath as its new vice president of design. Ingenlath replaces Peter Horbury, who has been bumped up to be the senior vice president of design for Volvo's parent company, the Geely Group.

"I am very happy that Thomas Ingenlath has accepted the offer to be responsible for Volvo's design. He is one of the most exciting automotive designers today and will play a central role in Volvo's development towards becoming a top tier luxury auto brand," said Stefan Jacoby, Volvo Car president and chief executive.

Ingenlath completed his design studies at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Pforzheim, Germany, and the Royal College of Art in London, England. His first stint in the automotive-design business began in 1991 with Audi. He has then gone around Volkswagen AG's other subsidiaries like Volkswagen in 1995 and Skoda in 2000. Since 2006, Ingenlath has been the design director at the Volkswagen Design Center in Potsdam, Germany, where he has been designing for all of the brands of the Volkswagen Group.

Some of Ingenlath's notable designs are the Concept Blue Roadster for the 2009 Detroit Auto Show and the Nils Concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

"I feel very honoured to join Volvo--a brand which I have great admiration for. The company is heading for a new era and I am looking forward to be part of that development. It will be a great challenge to define Volvo's future design direction," said Ingenlath.

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