Klaus Zyciora joins Changan

Klaus Bischoff (2018)

The long-serving Volkswagen designer has joined Chinese carmaker Changan where he will oversee global design activities 

Following a surprise departure from Volkswagen late last year, design veteran Klaus Zyciora has landed at Changan.

Zyciora was supplanted by Michael Mauer in December (returning for his second stint at VW Group) and it was unclear where he would land, but a release issued over the weekend confirmed that Zyciora would join Changan Automobile as vice president and global design head, a role that will have him oversee various brands including Changan Auto (SUVs and cars), Qiyuan, Shenlan and Avatr (premium EVs) and Oshan (SUVs and MPVs.)

Established in 1862, Changan is considered China’s oldest automaker and is one of the domestic ‘Big Four’ alongside SAIC, FAW and Dongfeng. The central design studio is based in Chongqing, supported by Japanese and European outposts. The latter, based in Turin, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Zyciora had looked set to become a Volkswagen lifer. A graduate of…

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