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PETER SCHREYER, Chief design officer, Kia Motors Corp.

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Schreyer, 58, has swiftly transformed Kia from a brand devoid of style into one that's becoming synonymous with high design for the masses. Vehicles designed under his watch -- the Sportage, Optima and new Rio -- have racked up design awards. Perhaps more significantly, Schreyer and his team have penned designs that make it possible for a customer to buy a car for less than $20,000 that will really turns heads. And judging by the Kia GT concept car revealed at the Frankfurt auto show, Kia's design looks bright with Schreyer at the helm.

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