Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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www.ADandP.media Arguably there is no auto company in the world that is literally redrawing the profiles in its massive portfolio of vehicles than Toyota Motor Corp. And Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, is a key part of that transformation. The team at Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, California—as well as the Calty operation in Ann Arbor, Michigan—have been busy of late. The former is where much of the advanced work is done for developing future Toyota and Lexus vehicles. The Lexus LF-1 Limited concept, a flagship crossover, was introduced at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The work for that vehicle was done at Calty in California. And just a few hours later at NAIAS, the fifth-generation Toyota Avalon sedan, which was done by Calty in Michigan, was brought out in public for the first time. The president of Calty is Kevin Hunter, who grew up in a suburb just west of Detroit and who went to school at the College for Creative Studies, which is figuratively (almost literally) down the street from Cobo Center in Detroit, where NAIAS is held. We sat down with Hunter the day of the two reveals to get his insights into what they're trying to accomplish at Calty. Without question, the designs for both brands have undergone a significant transformation within the past few years, and Hunter and his team were instrumental in many of the vehicles that Toyota and Lexus are putting on the road (e.g., the production designs for the 2018 Camry and the Lexus LC 500). By GARY S. VASILASH, Editor-In-Chief Kevin Hunter, president, Calty, and the LF-1 concept that Lexus unveiled at the 2018 NAIAS in Detroit. 25 AD&P ∕ APRIL 2018 TOYOTA DESIGN

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