VW Group design chief Walter de Silva to leave company

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Volkswagen Group design chief Walter de Silva will leave the company at the end of the month.

The designer will retire after 17 years at the VW Group, which has included stints as design chief of Audi, Lamborghini along with Seat. He had led the Group’s overall design since 2007.

A replacement for the sixty-four-year-old designer, who will be also well known via a 12-year stint at Alfa Romeo from the 1980s along with 90s, has not yet been announced.

However, whether or not de Silva, a close confidant of former VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, will actually be replaced full time will be likely up for debate itself as VW looks to trim costs from the fallout of emissions scandal.

The German business paper Handelsblatt reported today of which VW was looking at reduce the annual design budget of €100 million, according to Automotive News Europe.

De Silva will retain an advisory role at the Group after he leaves. He will be exiting all posts at the VW Group, including as president of Italdesign Giugiaro, a role he only took on in September.

He did not have a comment attributed to him in a VW statement announcing his departure, although completely new VW Group CEO Matthias Muller paid tribute to de Silva’s work.

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