BMW’s Replacement Design Head has Arrived from Škoda
BMWÂ has chosen former Volkswagen stylistÂ Jozef Kaban to head design for its coreÂ brand. After Karim Habib’s exodus from the company last month, BMW found itself missing an essential portion of its product planning department.
Kaban, 44, has been an important part ofÂ Volkswagen AG’s styling department. Most famous for hisÂ early work designing Bugatti’s Veyron, he was later responsible for the less-excitingÂ Volkswagen Lupo andÂ Seat Arosa. He also modeled the current generationÂ Å koda Octavia â€” possibly after having a fever dream about modernizing the Lincoln LS.
During his time at Volkswagen, Kaban was moved to Audi in 2003 and eventually became the brand’s exterior design chief in 2007. The following year he left VW to become chief of exterior design at Å koda. Interestingly, BMW’s official announcement did not make mention of his many years at the Volkswagen-owned Czech automobile manufacturer.
The automaker also promoted Domagoj Dukec, 41, to take over design responsibilities at BMW’s electric i-brandÂ and its M performance division.
â€œI am looking forward to this strengthening of the BMW Group design team,â€ said Group chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk. â€œBoth Jozef KabaÅˆ and Domagoj Dukec bring the experience, talent and vision we need for the future direction of our design.â€
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February 8, 2017 at 05:25AM