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Christopher Bruce2013-02-26 18:14:08

Chery Hires Former Porsche Designer as Lead Designer

Hakan Saracoglu will lead a 30-person design team

 
 
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Saracoglu will take over design for Chery to rejuvenate the brand's design

Chinese automaker CheryCheryCheryChina, 1997 > present7 models
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has hired former FordFordFordUnited Kingdom, 1909 > present33 models
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and PorschePorschePorscheGermany, 1931 > present43 models
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designer Hakan Saracoglu to lead a 30-person design team in Shanghai.

"Chery is not just QQQQ6Chery QQ6China, 2006 > present3 versions
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, we're going to change that. The company is redefining itself. Chery is standing for value, for design and gaining customer confidence. That's where we want to go,” said Saracoglu.

Saracoglu was born in Turkey but grew up in Germany. He began his design career working at Ford on the FocusFocus (UK) Gen.1Ford Focus (UK) Gen.1United Kingdom, 1998 > 200424 versions
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and MondeoMondeo Gen.3Ford Mondeo Gen.3United Kingdom, 2001 > 200723 versions
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design teams. He then moved to Porsche to work on the exterior design teams for the 918 Spyder918 SpyderPorsche 918 SpyderGermany, 2013 > present12 photos
, BoxsterBoxster Gen.3 [981]Porsche Boxster Gen.3 [981]Germany, 2012 > 20167 versions
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and CaymanCayman Gen.2 [981]Porsche Cayman Gen.2 [981]Germany, 2012 > present9 versions
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. Chery will be the first time he has held the role of lead designer.

Saracoglu joins designers from FerrariFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
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, VolvoVolvoVolvoSweden, 1927 > present49 models
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, MiniMINI (BMW)MINI (BMW)Germany, 2000 > present15 models
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and MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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to take leading design roles at Chinese automakers.

In addition to building its own cars, Chery has a joint venture with TataTataTataIndia, 1945 > present5 models
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to build JaguarJaguarJaguarUnited Kingdom, 1922 > present53 models
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Land RoverLand RoverLand RoverUnited Kingdom, 1978 > present15 models
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vehicles in China. It also is the controlling stakeholder in QorosQorosQorosChina, 2006 > present2 models
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.

Source: Automotive News Europe

Encyclopedia
CheryChery
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Engine
Straight 4
Displacement
66 cu in
Top Speed
81 mph
Transmission
5, Manual
Maximum power
68 hp @ 6000 rpm
Type
Hatchback
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
--
price
--
annual ownership cost
$ 789

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