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14:30  05 december  2019
14:30  05 december  2019 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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Former BMW, Rolls - Royce and Skoda design boss Jozef Kaban will take over as head of design at Volkswagen next year, with Klaus Bischoff moving up to He will take over as Volkswagen ’s chief designer on 1 July 2020. Bischoff has worked in Volkswagen 's design department since 1989 and

Former Volkswagen brand design boss, Klaus Bischoff, was bumped upstairs to Head of Volkswagen Group Design , with a remit covering Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Bugatti, Skoda , Seat, Lamborghini, Ducati and, of course, Volkswagen . He takes over from Michael Mauer, who will focus on his original role as

Jozef Kabaň wearing a blue shirt © Autocar Jozef Kabaň a man wearing glasses: Klaus Bischoff © Autocar Klaus Bischoff

Former BMW, Rolls-Royce and Skoda design boss Jozef Kaban will take over as head of design at Volkswagen next year, with Klaus Bischoff moving up to lead design across the Volkswagen Group.

Kabaň started his career at Volkswagen in 1993, also becoming exterior design chief of Bugatti in 1998, where he styled the Veyron supercar. He had a stint with Audi before taking over at Skoda in 2008, playing a key role in overhauling the brand’s design language and image.

He left the Volkswagen Group in 2017 to became head of design for BMW and moved to the same position at Rolls-Royce in March this year, before departing in October. He will take over as Volkswagen’s chief designer on 1 July 2020.

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Skoda has thanked the designer for his work with the manufacturer, saying he has “significantly influenced the design and emotionality of the After joining Volkswagen in 1999, Kabaň penned the design for the original Bugatti Veyron EB16.4 under the direction of Volkswagen ’s former head of

Jozef Kaban, former head of design for Rolls - Royce , BMW and Skoda , has been appointed as the chief designer for the Volkswagen brand. With Kaban coming back to Volkswagen , the automaker is shuffling the management pack. Klaus Bischoff, current head of design for the Volkswagen brand

Bischoff has worked in Volkswagen's design department since 1989 and been in charge of it since 2007. Recently, he has played a key role in developing the styling of the new ID range of electric cars and a wider revamp of the whole 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 that is likely to increase in the coming years as its portfolio expands greatly with the introduction of numerous electric models built on the MEB platform.

Bischoff will take over as head of Volkswagen Group Design from Michael Mauer, who has filled that role since 2016 while also serving as Porsche design chief. He will continue in the latter job, which he has held since 2004, when Bischoff begins his new role on 1 April 2020.

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