Kia's new VP for Interior Design is Jochen Paesen, an ex-BMW designer

Updated Nov 25, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The man responsible for designing the insides of the BMW i8 is joining Kia.

Kia has been on a roll lately. It made strides to vehicle design that we wouldn’t have imagined ten years ago and it looks like they won’t be stopping making brilliant looking cars.

Now in 2020, the automotive world is fast approaching another shift as consumers all over the world are slowly shifting their focus to hybrids and electric vehicles. And you know what that means, many car buyers will be looking for sleek, futuristic, but familiar and comfortable vehicles in the years to come.

That’s where Kia Motors Corporation’s new vice president of its interior design division, Jochen Paesen, comes in.

A picture of the Jochen Paesen, Kia's new vice president of interior design

With over two decades of experience, Mr. Paesen is indeed a veteran

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A look into Jochen Paesen’s career

With a career that started in the early 2000s, Jochen Paesen is no rookie. He started out in 2002 as an interior designer at Volkswagen AG, and more recently, he was a senior design director of interior design at NIO where he led a group of other designers to establish an interior identity for the Chinese electric car brand.

Before that, however, Paesen was also credited with designing the interiors of the BMW i8 Roadster and the 2009 BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car.

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Jochen Paesen to join Kia Design Center

In March 2020, Paesen is set to join the Kia Design Center, which is located in Namyang, Korea. There, he will be reporting to Karim Habib, Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center.

A picture of the Kia Design Center building at Namyang, South Korea

Even the Kia Design Center building looks fashionably modern

Paesen is set to oversee the interior designs of future vehicles, mainly focusing on the brand’s planned hybrid and fully electric cars, which we here at are eagerly waiting to take a gander at for ourselves.

Know more about Kia


Here is the complete price list for Kia Philippines for 2023. Of note, Kia currently has eleven different models. It has three sedans namely the Soluto, Forte, and Stinger. It also has one hatchback model, the Picanto. For crossovers, it currently has the Sorento, Sportage, Stonic, EV6 and Seltos. It also has the Carnival as its entry into the minivan segment, as well as the K2500 as its light commercial vehicle model. 

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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