BMW announced a new design team on Wednesday that will report directly to chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk. The team includes Domago Dukek and Jozef Kabaň.
“Both Jozef Kabaň and Domagoj Dukec bring the experience, talent and vision we need for the future direction of our design,” van Hooydonk said.
You’ve probably seen work created by both gentlemen, whether you know it or not.
Domago Dukek is a BMW vet who has already spent time designing BMWs, including BMW i vehicles, and he’ll continue to work on those cars as well as BMW M cars in his new role. BMW’s i cars, if you’re unfamiliar, include the all-electric BMW i8 and BMW i3. Kabaň comes from Volkswagen Group, but is probably best known for designing the Bugatti Veyron, the now-famous sports car that was in production between 2005 and 2011 (various models have been built since, including the Grand Sport, Super Sport and Grand Sport Vitnesse).
Sound familar now?
Bugatti design comes to BMW
Kabaň will spend his time at BMW working on the company’s core brand vehicles, like the ones you probably most frequently see on the roads. Call me crazy, but I think the rounded design of a car like the Veyron might apply perfectly for the autonomous cars of the future, which I’m betting Kabaň will have a hand in creating if he sticks it out with BMW for a few years. Kabaň’s filling a role vacated by Karim Habib, who BMW said decided to leave the company “of his own accord.”
If you turn around in a few years and think, “gee, that’s a nice BMW,” well, you’ll know who to thank.