Bugatti Veyron Designer Jozef Kaban Moves From BMW To Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce has announced Jozef Kaban as its new Head of Design. Kaban has been the head designer at BMW since 2017. Domagoj Dukec, head of BMW i and BMW M design, will become responsible for the entire BMW brand as of April 1.

Kaban is an experienced designer that has worked in the past for the VW Group. In fact the 46-year old Slovak became one of the youngest designers ever to join VW at age 20. He was soon named project lead for the Bugatti Veyron, for which he penned the exterior.

His success led him to a number of Head of Exterior roles, first in Audi and then in Skoda, where he’s credited with the Czech brand’s latest design language. Kaban’s creations include the Skoda Octavia, Fabia and Kodiaq, as well as the VW Lupo and Seat Arosa.

“He is an exceptionally talented designer with a strong track record and a wide breadth of ability,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce. “It is testament to the success of our business that, as the world’s leading luxury house, we are able to attract the world’s very best design talent.”

“The Rolls-Royce Design Team creates outstanding motor cars and luxury objects,” added Adrian van Hooydonk, Chief Designer, BMW Group. “I am convinced that Jozef Kaban will guide this phenomenal team into a very bright future indeed.”

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  • Gen Flauta

    Interesting move, given the fact that he has yet to release a new BMW designed under his guidance completely.

    • Bo Hanan

      Is he responsible for these weird BMW designs of late?

      • Gen Flauta

        Those “weird” BMWs were pretty much done before he came tho.

    • I doubt we will see anything from him, he was there just for a year, not enough time to design a car completely. Maybe we see some influence in a few years but I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.

  • Bash

    Isn’t that just like moving to the other side of the table, given that BMW provides RR with engines.

    • Matt

      BMW owns Rolls-Royce.

      • Bash

        I know, So you point is?

  • sidewaysspin

    He designs great Bugatti’s but terrible Skoda’s.

    • Sébastien

      Well, only the Octavia suffered of a terrible redesign… The other ones are quite decent

      • Matt

        I like the Octavia redesign, looks better in real life and is refreshing to see something unconventional from a VAG model.

        • Sébastien

          I much prefer the Octavia from 2005 or 2014… The two facelifts just messed up the headlights too much

  • WHILE THE VEYRON WAS A TECHNICAL TOUR DE FORCE IT WAS NOT VERY PRETTY, ESPECIALLY COMPARED TO THE CHIRON.

  • Matt

    Thanks, but I was replying to Bash who assumed they only supplied engines.

  • Dan

    Well, not much creativity needed at Rolls-Royce anyway. He can take the uni grille with him, oh wait, they already have it.

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