BMW's Replacement Design Head Has Arrived From Koda

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
bmws replacement design head has arrived from koda

BMW has chosen former Volkswagen stylist Jozef Kaban to head design for its core 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 of Volkswagen AG’s styling department. Most famous for his early work designing Bugatti’s Veyron, he was later responsible for the less-exciting Volkswagen Lupo and Seat Arosa. He also modeled the current generation Škoda Octavia — 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 Škoda. 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-brand and its M performance division.

“I am looking forward to this strengthening of the BMW Group design team,” said Group chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk. “Both Jozef Kabaň and Domagoj Dukec bring the experience, talent and vision we need for the future direction of our design.”

[Image: Škoda Auto]

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  • FreedMike FreedMike on Feb 08, 2017

    So...BMW thinks the future of sedans is a generic look. Okay.

    • Bd2 Bd2 on Feb 10, 2017

      Having clean, aggressive lines doesn't = "generic looking." Case in point the front of the i8 (the best front design BMW has done in recent years) or go back to the likes of the 8 Series, the Z8 or the E46 3 Series.

  • Fred Fred on Feb 08, 2017

    The Veyron is gaudy, which I'll admit might be the point. Skodas are just VW/Audis with different trims. Still decent, but BMW need to be special and unique. He has challenge because the internet will scream with complaints if they find some little detail they don't like.

  • Demon Something Demon Something on Feb 08, 2017

    Honestly, the Lupo was a very nice VW design. Nice and clean.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Feb 08, 2017

    Wow, they found a guy from the one brand that is even more boring than BMW. Good luck! People hated on the "flame surfaced" Bimmers but they have aged nicely and look way better than the current crop.

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    • Bd2 Bd2 on Feb 10, 2017

      @never_follow I would say the E46 prior to the facelift out of the more modern 3 Series models, but going back, there is beauty in the simplicity of the design of the 2002.