BMW Group introduced its new design team

by Bernie McGroarty on February 8, 2017, 3:59 pm

-Jozef Kaban, Domagoj Dukec

BMW head designer Karim Habib left the German automaker less than a month ago. Now it looks like Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydon has assembled his new design team that will hopefully carry BMW's designs into the future.

The BMW Group introduced its new design team under Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk. Jozef Kaban will be responsible for design for the core BMW brand, while Domagoj Dukec will head the design team for BMW i and BMW M vehicles.

Jozef Kaban, 44, from Slovakia, joins the BMW Group design team after holding various positions in the Volkswagen Group. Domagoj Dukec, 41, has been with the BMW Group since 2010, where his responsibilities have included exterior design for the BMW brand and, most recently, BMW i design

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

Karim Habib, who was responsible for BMW brand design, had previously left the company of his own accord. "We naturally respect Karim Habib's decision and wish him every success in his new business endeavours," added Adrian van Hooydonk.

Read more on Karim Habib's departure from BMW here!

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3 responses to BMW Group introduced its new design team

acoste commented:
February 10, 2017, 1:43 pm

Jozef Kaban designed the Bugatti Veyron so looking forward to it!
AntDX316 commented:
February 19, 2017, 5:55 am

So he got fired because Mercedes-Benz is doing a better job? Well considering Mercedes gets 1st or 2nd place on F1 every single time for the past few years they have a better understanding of how vehicle performance should be? I mean they took Michael Schumacher in for better understanding and used him for development. They may have a better insight on how a vehicle should look and feel when driving when having all those assets? Maybe testing and tuning all the time on the Nurburgring isn't enough. Even Ford GT and Porsche smoked the M6 GTs in the Rolex 24H on fastest laps. I don't think it's really that it was his fault but the fault of everything else not being taken into consideration that has been from the competition.
AntDX316 commented:
February 19, 2017, 6:18 am

Still though, Karim Habib joined in 2012. The New Technical Update engine for the 50i came in 2013+. I assume if it wasn't for him the N63TU would have never existed. The new 50i N63TU is far superior but not many people know this secret otherwise the depreciation rate wouldn't have been so massive. The prices got magnetically pulled due to the N63s being so unreliable. Look up N63 CCP on the internet.