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Sangyup Lee, designer of the acclaimed Chevrolet Camaro, has recently resigned from General Motors to accept a position as Chief Designer of Exterior at the Volkswagen/Audi Advanced studio in California. Lee is scheduled to begin work mid-January 2010, reporting to Jens Manske who was appointed Executive Director earlier this year. His role is to inspire a newly merged Volkswagen and Audi design staff in the Santa Monica studio.

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As the designer of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Sangyup Lee is considered by most Camaro fans as the man who brought the Camaro back to life. He is by far the most unlikely person for the Camaro design job that was bestowed upon him because of where he was born and raised. Sangyup Lee was born and raised far from American cars and culture in Korea where his first experience with the Camaro was at the age of 20. Lee came to the US in 1995 to study Transportation design at the Art Center in Pasadena. He would later take a job with Porsche and Pininfarina in Europe before moving back stateside to work at General Motors.

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Sang Yup Lee is an American-based Korean-born industrial designer. In 1995 he came to America to study Transportation design at the Art Center in Pasadena. He would later take a job with Porsche and Pininfarina in Europe before moving back stateside to work at General Motors. He had a 10-year tenure at GM, producing such works as the 50th Anniversary Stingray concept and the 2004 Buick Velite Concept. His most notable work, however, is the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. He has since moved to the Volkswagen/Audi Advanced studio in California as Chief Designer of Exterior.

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Chevrolet Camaro Concept Combining dramatic design and exciting performance, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept recaptures the spirit of one of the most popular sport coupes of all time and redefines the Camaro for new generations of fans.

The Chevrolet Camaro Concept embodies the performance and passion that have made first-generation Camaros some of the most sought-after collector cars, updating the formula with a fuel-efficient powertrain, sophisticated chassis and contemporary design execution. The goal is to make the sport coupe relevant to younger enthusiasts while retaining its appeal to its current fans.

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"Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. "Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers."

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Though only a show car at this point, the Chevrolet Camaro Concept is intended to explore customer reaction to design and engineering elements that might lead to an all-new version of the Chevrolet Camaro. The long hood, short deck and wide stance of the Chevrolet Camaro Concept leave no doubt that it is a serious performance car. Those looks are backed up by a 400-horsepower aluminum small-bock V-8, a six-speed manual transmission, and a sophisticated chassis with four-wheel independent suspension.







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