BREAKING: Chris Bangle quits BMW and the auto industry

BMW Group’s (meaning BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce) design head Chris Bangle has quit his job at the German automaker. The decision to quit comes down as Bangle wants more time “to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry.”

He leaves his spot in good hands with Adrian van Hooydonk, head of design for the BMW brand.

“Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group’s brands. His contribution to the company’s success has been decisive,” said Klaus Draeger, BMW’s development chief, in a press release.

Bangle, 52, joined the German automaker in 1992. Bangle and his team designed the current 3-Series, 5-Series and 7-Series along with the Z3, X6, X5, X3 and the concept X1.

Draeger said that Bangle had mapped out a clear design philosophy for BMW which van Hooydonk will continue.