CALTY Design Research, Inc.
Kevin Hunter is president of Calty Design Research, Inc. (Calty), the North American arm of Toyota's global design network and one of the company's key research and development functions in North America. Calty is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Appointed to president of Calty in 2007, Hunter is the first American to serve in this role in Calty’s 35 years of operation in the United States. Hunter is responsible for overseeing research, advanced design, and production design at Calty’s two locations: the headquarters studio in Newport Beach, Calif. and the production design studio in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Prior to his current position, Hunter served as vice president of design and studio operations at Calty. He joined Calty in 1982 after graduating from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design.
Hunter served as chief designer for the 1996 Tacoma, 2000 Avalon, 2001 RAV4, 2001 RSC concept car and 2002 Matrix. He was a design contributor for the 1983 FXV Tokyo Motor Show concept car, 1990 Celica and last generation Supra.
Under Hunter’s direction, Calty recently contributed design for the 2011 FUN-vii concept, 2012 Lexus LF-LC concept, 2013 Lexus GS Interior and the all-new 2013 Toyota Avalon.