• Hyundai’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity and strategy wins Design Management Institute’s (DMI) Design Value Award 2020
• The award recognizes Hyundai’s customer-centric approach to innovative design for diverse lifestyles
• Hyundai will continue to design for functional improvement and to form emotional ties with customers
SEOUL, October 09, 2020 – Hyundai Motor Company announced today it has won the Design Value Award 2020 from the Design Management Institute (DMI) in Boston, Mass.
The award recognizes Hyundai’s efforts to establish a distinctive brand character through its ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity and ‘Hyundai Look’ lineup strategy.
This is the first time Hyundai has won DMI’s Design Value Award, which recognizes “teams who have delivered significant value through design or design management practices.” The latest win shows that Hyundai’s recent customer-centric design approach creates meaningful value in the daily lives of its customers.
“We are honoured to be recognized for creating a distinct brand identity for Hyundai through customer-centric design that gives the brand a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.” said SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Global Design Center and Senior Vice President at Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai has built a global reputation for offering well-designed automobiles of exceptional quality, value, safety and reliability. In recent years, the company’s strategic design direction has shifted from producing vehicles with a homogenous ‘Family Look’ to developing a diversified lineup with a ‘Hyundai Look’ that allows for more customer-centric designs using the brand’s ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity as the core foundation.
Today, Hyundai’s designs aim to meet the diverse needs of customers around the world, taking into consideration ever-evolving lifestyles, technological advances and unmet needs. To achieve the aim, Hyundai’s design strategy always begins with the customer. Each model is designed with its own unique character based on customers’ different lifestyle needs, with each model fulfilling a distinctive role in the Hyundai lineup like individual pieces in a chess set.
Each Hyundai model is differentiated through light architecture forms with signature daytime running lights (DRLs). For example, the Parametric Jewels pattern introduced on the all-new Tucson is incorporated into the latest designs with a combination of evolutionary front grille and headlamps to give a unique vehicle image.
The DMI is an international membership organization that connects design to business, culture, customers and the changing world. Founded in 1975, DMI brings together educators, researchers, designers, and leaders from every design discipline, every industry, and every corner of the planet to facilitate transformational organizational change and design driven innovation.
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About Hyundai Motor Company
Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company offers a range of world-class vehicles and mobility services in more than 200 countries. Hyundai Motor sold more than 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2019, and currently employs some 120,000 personnel worldwide. The company is enhancing its product lineup with vehicles designed to help usher in a more sustainable future, while offering innovative solutions to real-world mobility challenges. Through the process Hyundai aims to facilitate ‘Progress for Humanity’ with smart mobility solutions that vitalize connections between people and provide quality time to its customers.
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