Former BMW and Rolls-Royce designer returns to VolkswagenDecember 5, 2019
Former BMW, Rolls-Royce and Skoda design manager Josef Kaban will head the Volkswagen design department next year, and Klaus Bischoff will lead design at Volkswagen.
Boar began his career at Volkswagen in 1993, and in 1998 became the head of the exterior design for the Bugatti, where he developed the Veyron supercar. He worked at Audi before taking office at Skoda in 2008, playing a key role in revising the design language and brand image.
He left the Volkswagen Group in 2017 to become head of the BMW design department and moved to the same position at Rolls-Royce in March this year, and then resigned in October. He will assume the position of Volkswagen chief designer from July 1, 2020.
Bischoff has been with Volkswagen Design since 1989 and has been managing it since 2007. Recently, he played a key role in developing the style of the new ID line of electric vehicles and broader updating of the entire brand.
In recent years, the Volkswagen Group has taken steps to make the design language of each of its brands more distinctive, and the importance of this is likely to increase in the coming years, as its portfolio expands significantly with the advent of numerous electric models based on the MEB platform.
Bischoff will lead Volkswagen Group Design from Michael Mauer, who has held this position since 2016, while also holding the position of Porsche Design Manager. He will continue to work in his last post since 2004, when Bischoff takes office on April 1, 2020.
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