Wolfgang Egger, Audi's chief designer, is leaving the company according to a Automotive News Europe, which cites a report from Germany's Automobilwoche. Egger won't be going far, though, remaining within the Volkswagen family and taking up head design position Italdesign Giugiaro, a VW subsidiary as of 2010.

Egger took over the position at Audi from Walter de Silva, and has been responsible most recently for the Audi A6 and A3, as well as the 2010 Quattro Concept and the E-Tron Concept. He previously was head of design at Lancia and then at Alfa Romeo, where he was responsible for the achingly gorgeous 8C Competizione.

If Egger does move to Italdesign, his successor is likely to be Marc Lichte, the Volkswagen designer behind the current Golf. Of course, these personnel changes haven't been officially confirmed, and Audi is thus far refusing to comment on either Egger or Lichte's possible career shifts. We'll stay with this one, so sit tight.

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      The minimalist in me appreciates Audi exteriors. However, the brand needs a shakeup. I'm a devout car nerd. I cannot tell when I'm seeing an A4 or an A8. The A8 is THREE FEET longer than an A4 and they still look numbingly similiar. Color outside the lines Audi. It's time.
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      • 1 Year Ago
      Here we go, just please don't hyundainize the brand, PLEASE!!! Stick to the wonderful designs that have been coming out of Inglostadt for so long. New chief is responsible for the new golf, should be ok for now. Untill they let some lunatic from hyundai or subaru or who knows what else design cars for audi. That'll be the day.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well that's not a real jump as VW owns both AUDI and Italdesign Giugioro.........And Seat, Lambo, Bentley, Bugatti, Skoda, Scania, MAN, & Ducati brands........All fine makes ..................However I'm really PO'd Volkswagen did not import the Scirocco to North America.....especially to Texas..........
      • 1 Year Ago
      Couple corrections here. "Egger took over the position at Audi from Walter de Silva" No, he took over the position at Audi from Stefan Sielaff, who is now heading up VW Group studio in Potsdam. "has been responsible most recently for the Audi A6 and A3" Again, those cars were basically finished when Stefan Sielaff was in the helm. Mr Egger shouldn't be credited with those.
      • 1 Year Ago
      spreading the bland designs to other VW brands?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boo. Germans should not be allowed to play with Italians.
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      so whats the difference same company....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like a step down to me.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank god, although now the Italian designs will all look exactly the same and exactly like soap.
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