The arrival of Oliver Blume at the head of the Volkswagen Group after the farewell of Herbert Diess he is bringing numerous innovations to the German giant, from second thoughts on strategic plans to personnel changes. With a certain amount of comings and goings within the style centre. So after the changeover in Porsche and at the top of the style of the entire Group, now it’s up to Volkswagen to change design manager. Fishing “in house”.
Indeed, since February 1st Andreas Mindt – currently number one in Bentley style – will replace Jozef Kabaň at the helm of Volkswagen design.
Between premium and super luxury
Having joined the Group in 1996, Mindt has already worked in the VW style department, participating – among other things – in defining the lines of the first generation of Tiguan and the exterior design of the Golf 7. Key models within the range.
In 2014 the move to Audi where he led the Audi exterior design, from the small A1 to the electric flagship e-tron GT, passing through Q3 and Q8, giving them an immediately recognizable family feeling and capable of varying according to the type of bodywork and of motorisation.
From Audi in 2021 Mindt moves to Bentley, where he is responsible for the entire design. Also in this case he leads a redefinition of the lines, respecting the typical canons of the House, which resulted in the Bentley Batur.
Mindt’s place at the wheel of the “winged B” will be taken by Tobias Sühlmann, currently head of exterior styling at Bentley, where he arrived after a long career in brands such as Aston Martin, Bugatti and McLaren together with Volkswagen, where he worked on models such as Arteon, Passat and Touareg.
Source: Motor1.com Italia – News by it.motor1.com.
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