Mini design head leaving, designer of the new Concept 6-Series Coupe taking over

Gert Volker Hildebrand

Mini announced today that after 10 successful years as design boss, Gert Volker Hildebrand is handing over the running of the Mini Design studio to Anders Warming at the end of 2010. Gert Hildebrand will be leaving the company on December 31, 2010.

Why is this important to us enthusiasts and car lovers? Well, because Hildebrand has been responsible for the complete design development of the Mini brand since January 2001. Hildebrand has designed many vehicle concepts, the third generation of the classic Mini, the Mini Cabrio and Mini Clubman. Most recently, Hildebrand added a real the Mini Countryman to his portfolio.

The Mini Coupe and Mini Roadster concepts, which will go on sale in 2011 and 2012, were also created under Hildebrand guidance.

So who’s this Anders Warming guy? He is the head of Exterior Design, BMW Automobiles and started working for DesignworksUSA in California in 1997. Under his leadership, we saw the BMW Z4, BMW 5 Series and the BMW Concept 6 Series Coupe.

“I would like to wish Gert Hildebrand all the best for the future and thank him for working with us so well and so successfully”, says Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group Design. “Anders Warming has the expertise, the necessary experience and the intuition to take the MINI brand, with the support of the entire MINI Design team, into an ever more successful future.”

– By: Zain Haq