• Mar 16th 2009 at 10:28AM
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Both Mercedes-Benz and BMW have seen recent design-chief departures, and now there's been a defection. Karim Habib, who had a hand in the F01 7 Series while at BMW, has left the Roundel for the three-pointed star. Habib's move to Mercedes has him overseeing Mercedes' advanced design studio in Stuttgart, working with MBZ design chief Gorden Wagener.

Tasked with the brand's F cars, Habib's work will be looking two generations ahead, to the cars after the next new ones. Let's hope that the F700 goes on the same kind of de-uglification program as the 750 went on before it becomes an S-Class. Thanks for the tip, Horatiu!

[Source: Autocar via BMWBlog]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I know him as well...he personally created the CS concept...this is FANTASTIC news for Merc, a problem for BMW. I just can't wait to see where he'll take them!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did he really defect? or was there no place for him on BMW's design staff after Bangle retires.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would say this is yet another sign of who Van Hooydonk is. Those who blamed bangle for everything need to think things over.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, when Mercs start looking like BMWs, at least we'll know why.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Isn't this kind of like treason? How do you sleep at night after taking up a job at your previous employer's main competitor?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well since he uglified the 7series, he'll now uglify the S class :)
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