Alongside Kilvington, Twisted has also hired Darren Jones, head of technical design; Wayne York King, project manager; and Louis Fernandez, chief financial officer.
ORIGINAL RANGE ROVER NORTH AMERICA BRAND MASTER JOINS TWISTED AUTOMOTIVE; NEW HIRES HIGHLIGHT EXCLUSIVE MARQUE’S U.S. GROWTH AROUND THE DEFENDER LEGEND
- Paul Kilvington, creative force who successfully introduced Land Rover/Range Rover to the U.S. in the 1980s, joins the Twisted North America team as head of bespoke design
- Darren Jones (head of technical design), Louis Fernandez (CFO) and Wayne York Kung (project manager) also join a leadership team boasting 70 years of impact across the automotive and luxury worlds
- All-new Twisted NA-V8 and electric NAS-E vehicles are born from the timeless Land Rover® Defender® legend, featuring an unrivaled combination of proprietary and precision engineering, timeless custom design, performance prowess, and an unmistakably striking presence on and off the road.
Twisted – engineers of striking, iconic 4x4s featuring proprietary and precision engineering, fashion-worthy custom design and timeless British Defender® DNA – has announced the appointment of Paul Kilvington, mastermind behind the Land Rover and Range Rover brands sweeping into the United States in the 1980s, as head of bespoke design for its North America operation.
Kilvington will use his more than 20 years of design history across the automotive, luxury and marine worlds – including world-renowned work for Land Rover/Range Rover, Triumph and others – to create ultra-customized, exclusive and hand-built Twisted vehicles for clients that want to make a statement and stand out in a sea of European SUV monotony.
“'In my mind, a hand-built Twisted vehicle is really quite special. There’s no other vehicle that's like it,” said Kilvington when asked what excites him about working with the Twisted team. “Twisted vehicles should never be confused with a ‘restomod,’ as they’re completely re-engineered – from the bolts up – to be modern, thrilling, practical and comfortable machines that express the individual personalities of every customer. They’re authentically Defender, yet completely new. Head-turning yet designed around usability. I’m looking forward to working personally with every single client to create a truly unique, individual supreme vehicle.”
Also joining the team are award-winning luxury product designer Darren Jones, head of technical design (previous design clientele includes Jaguar, Land Rover and Vacheron Constantin); Louis Fernandez, a financial executive with more than 30 years of experience, as chief financial officer (experience includes BP, Fluor, and Stallion Oilfield Services); and Wayne York Kung, a seasoned automobile industry executive with experience at Land Rover, Jaguar, and Rolls-Royce, as project manager.
“We’re welcoming some of the best of the best from across the luxury automotive world and beyond to the Twisted North America team – reflecting our explosive growth and momentum as the Twisted brand continues to establish itself as an exclusive, aspirational marque,” said Tom Maxwell, chairman and CEO of Twisted Automotive, North America. “We are further elevating the British automotive luxury image and aura, signaled by some of our new faces having been part of the original introduction of names like Range Rover into the North American psyche. I’m truly excited about the influx of talent as we accelerate our operations here and worldwide, highlighted by prominent entertainment personalities and clients already celebrating the Twisted brand in these early stages.”
Twisted’s North American headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, with a showroom set to open early spring at The Domain. The showroom will feature several vehicles and will serve as a hub for a ‘white glove’ customization and ownership experience.
For more information, or to schedule an interview with a Twisted North America executive, contact Twisted@goDRIVEN360.com.
About Twisted North America
Twisted’s exclusive 4x4s are taking the world by storm with an unrivaled combination of proprietary engineering, fashion-worthy custom design, performance prowess and an unmistakably striking presence on and off the road. Twisted has a strong history of taking the iconic Land Rover® Defender® to new realms, with more than 20 years of experience re-engineering the British marque. Founded in the United Kingdom, the company is entering the North American market with a lineup of obsessively designed vehicles featuring prestige factor, head-turning visuals, bespoke elements and explosive performance. Options include a 650+ horsepower ICE engine and an upcoming all-electric model. Join the next stage of Twisted’s journey by visiting https://www.twistedautomotive.