The Volkswagen model is changing its design chief, Jozef Kaban, with Bentley’s design boss, Andreas Mindt, in keeping with firm sources.
Mindt will take up his position at VW on February 1, the sources stated. Automotive Information Europe sister submit Automobilwoche.
Mindt’s successor at Bentley might be Tobias Suehlmann, who presently leads exterior design for the VW Group’s ultra-luxury model, folks conversant in the matter stated. Suehlmann joined Bentley in October 2021, having labored at Bugatti, Aston Martin, McLaren and the VW model.
Kaban, who took over the design of the VW model in 2020, might be given a brand new place inside the VW group.
New VW model CEO Thomas Schaefer was unimpressed with a few of Kaban’s designs, sources say.
Kaban was requested to switch the retro styling of the ID Life idea unveiled on the 2021 Munich IAA auto present for a extra trendy look. The idea was meant to preview the look of VW’s entry-level ID electrical automotive slated for 2025.
Schaefer additionally had Kaban’s design workforce rework VW’s upcoming flagship Trinity EV to provide it a crossover look as an alternative of a sedan look.
Kaban began his profession in 1999 at VW Group, the place he labored for Audi, Bugatti and Skoda.
Kaban’s successor, Mindt, can be a VW Group veteran.
Mindt, 53, grew up in Wolfsburg, residence of VW’s international headquarters. His father was a designer at VW.
VW declined to touch upon the adjustments. The corporate is predicted to formally announce the nominations within the coming days.