The young designer who created the Toyota Yaris has left to join Audi.
Greece-born Sotoris Kovos styled the 2000 European Car of the Year at Toyota's EPOC studio in Brussels. The Yaris supermini is credited with helping to banish Toyota's reputation for bland styling in Europe.
Kovos, 34, worked briefly for Peugeot and Mazda before joining Toyota in 1993. There he was given the NBC (New Basic Concept) project from which the Yaris emerged, via three concept studies called Funtime, Funcargo and Funcoupe.
Kovos does not leave any major unfinished projects at Toyota, but a Toyota source said that one future car on which Kovos had worked is still being developed. He studied design at Coventry University in the UK, and later at the Royal College of Art in London.