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Porsche Car Designer Pinky Lai Geared Up For China

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Pinky Lai Ping is the first Chinese car designer to make a splash internationally.

The 62-year-old Hongkonger has had a highly successful career in Europe, working as a designer for Ford and BMW before joining Porsche in 1989, where he has remained for 24 years.

During that time he was responsible for the exterior design of the Porsche 911′s 996 model – first produced in 1996.

It was the first radical restyling of the 911 since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1963. Lai also designed the exteriors for the Boxster and the Cayman.

Lai derived his unusual name, Pinky, from his mother. Although he was given the name “Ping” when he was born, she insisted on calling him Pinky and the name has stuck.

He is the first, by a margin of some 20 years, of three Hong Kong-born designers who have gone on to make an impact with Western carmakers.

Anthony Lo is now vice-president of exterior design with Renault, while Chelsia Lau is chief designer at Ford’s strategic design concepts group in Shanghai.

Read the rest of the article at South China Morning Post


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