Mercedes-Benz announced that chief Mercedes designer, Professor Peter Pfeiffer will retire in 2008 at the age of 65 after for years of service to the Stuttgart based company. Pfeiffer will be succeeded by Gorden Wagener, who currently leads the Strategic Advanced Design department.
“Under Professor Peter Pfeiffer, design became a Mercedes-Benz trademark more than ever before and contributed to the brand”s success”, said Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler Board of Management, in recognition of the work of the Mercedes chief designer. “In translating the current Mercedes design concept into forms, Peter Pfeiffer gave our automobiles their future-oriented appearance, and in this way defined the new image of the Mercedes-Benz brand.”
Pfeiffer was responsible for the design of the current models on the market, the Maybach lineup and the Smart ForTwo. It was Pfeiffer who introduced the new Mercedes-Benz design theme in 2005 that first went into series production with the S-Class.
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