Rolls-Royce Design Boss Giles Taylor Exits Abruptly

Giles Taylor has run the design department at Rolls-Royce for nearly six years now. Before that, he was its head of exterior design. But now the British luxury automaker is going to need to find a new design director.

The company announced today that Taylor is leaving Rolls-Royce with immediate effect. And he’s not moving elsewhere in the BMW Group, either. All it said was that he’s leaving “to pursue alternative business interests,” so we won’t be surprised to see him named to a similar position at another automaker.

In the meantime, Rolls-Royce says it will announce his successor “in due course,” by which we take it that it doesn’t have a replacement in line yet. But it will likely promote from within the company or the group of which it’s part.

Taylor started his career with five years at the PSA Group before signing as chief designer at Jaguar, where he remained for 14 years. He moved to Rolls-Royce as head of exterior design in 2011, and was made head of overall design in 2012. In the time since, Rolls-Royce has launched the Wraith, the Dawn, the new Phantom, and the Cullinan – all of which have ostensibly been designed (or at least overseen) by Taylor.

He also designed the 103EX concept – also known as the Vision 100, which previewed the future direction in which Rolls-Royce intends to glide serenely. Whoever will take charge in his absence will be charged with designing the next generation of vehicles. That will likely begin with the next-generation Ghost, which is now eight years old.

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  • xDRAN0x

    After seeing this monstruosity I can understand why.

  • Merc1

    Yeah he was let go because of that ugly thing of an SUV they just came out with.


    • DR.FUNK

      That new RR SUV only has to be better looking than the Bentley SUV to find buyers.
      It at least accomplishes that with ease.

      • Bob

        Epic point.

  • TheBelltower

    Based on his work, it seems as if he should be overseeing the designs of industrial machinery and not the most prestigious cars in the world.


  • pcurve

    His underling must be jumping up and down in joy.

    • DR.FUNK

      Or he might too be cleaning out his desk…if he had any input on the design effort(s).

  • rover10

    The new 4×4 is not good looking vehicle; and that must always be the yardstick in regards to those responsible. You are only as good as the last project.

  • Moveon Libtards


  • BlueNavie7

    He really did an amazing job on the Ghost and Wraith. Not a fan of the Phantom, the old one still has more presence to me. The Cullinan is a real dissapointment exterior design wise. Still looking forward to drive it though.

  • Bob

    This concept makes me want to pull my eyes out.

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