The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today
1. WALTER DE’SILVA (59, Italian) – Head of design, Volkswagen Group Key cars: Audi R8 and A5, 2009 VW Scirocco and 2012 Jetta
While other big design chiefs have been shedding brands (Ed Welburn at General Motors and J Mays at Ford), de’Silva — as the top designer at the acquisitive VW Group — has been busy adding them, the latest being Porsche. This brings his tally to eight consumer marques — Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, and VW — representing some 6.3 million sales in 2009.
(Source: Automobile Magazine)