• Apr 2, 2009
The field of car design has been about as stable as an active volcano lately, with several major automakers replacing their design chiefs in quick succession. Over the past couple of weeks, Volvo's styling guru Steve Mattin quit, and he was replaced by Ford designer Peter Horbury, whose post in turn was taken up by Moray Callum. Before that, Volkswagen designer Derek Jenkins defected to Mazda, while Mazda's chief designer Laurens van der Acker was replaced by Ikuo Maeda. But in advance of all that, Chris Bangle sent shockwaves through the industry (in typical Bangle style) by leaving BMW. Adrian van Hooydonk was promoted to take his place, but after Munich's interior designer Michael Ninic died suddenly last year, Hooydonk was stretched a little thin.
The latest appointment, however, should help alleviate some of the pressure, as Marc Girard has been named head of BMW's interior design department. The French designer, educated at the Art Center College of Design, has been with the BMW Group for some 15 years now, and has been responsible for the cabins on several Bimmer and MINI models of late. It's a logical move for the Bavarian automaker, and a well-deserved step up for the talented cabinsmith.

[Source: Car Design News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight. He, "has been responsible for the cabins on several Bimmer and MINI models of late."

      And that's supposed to be a GOOD thing???
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly, BMW interiors haven't exactly inspired over the past decade. So this move seems like more of the same, in which case, a bad thing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no homo no homo, but those lapels are just a fashion don't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the new face of FLAME surfacing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A French chap with an English toupe wearing an Austrian coat designing German interiours... Mmh
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, wtf is that? The jacket looks like it's from a 70s-style leisure suit!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's good to see someone from show business get a job in the car business.
      • 5 Years Ago
      he has the look on his face like i just let one rip, did anyone hear or smell it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This reminds me of Dilbert: "He's very tall so we're sure he'll go far. He also has executive-style hair."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pictures attract the eyes before text does, and the single thought that went through my head as I saw the picture was "that man is a rrrrrraging frenchman".

      Only question is, does he have an outrrrrrrageous accent?
      • 5 Years Ago
      phil helmuth...is that you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are they going to put him to use, or will they keep using the same interior on every BMW over and over?