Gert Hildebrand, the main man behind Mini's styling for the past decade, will leave BMW this month

Mini’s design boss, Gert Hildebrand, is to leave the company at the end of the year, parent firm BMW has announced.

Hildebrand, 57, has led the Mini design studio in Munich since January 2001, and his overseen the Mini hatchback, the Clubman, the Cabrio and the Countryman. Two more of his projects - the Coupe and the Roadster - are scheduled to reach production in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

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BMW has not announced a reason for Hildebrand’s departure, beyond confirming that he “will be leaving the company on 31 December”. Mini sources say that Hildebrand is likely to enter “semi-retirement”.

However, the BMW group’s design chief Adrian van Hooydonk has been noticeably more vocal on Mini’s styling direction in recent months, perhaps indicating a shift in the brand’s styling leadership.

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Hildebrand will be replaced by Anders Warming, a 38-year-old Dane who is currently in charge of exterior design for BMW. His CV includes the BMW Z4, the BMW 5-series and the 6-series coupe concept that was shown at the Paris show in the autumn.

“I would like to wish Gert Hildebrand all the best for the future and thank him for working with us so well and so successfully,” said van Hooydonk. “Anders Warming has the expertise, the necessary experience and the intuition to take the Mini brand, with the support of the entire Mini design team, into an ever more successful future.”

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1 December 2010

Probably made the decision that he has ruined the mini name as far as possible, with no where else to go with it has decided to leave.

To live is to drive

1 December 2010

Its either the easiest or hardest design job in the world depending on your point of view, afterall, anything that doesnt look like an Isigonis mini isnt a mini is it. Personally i think he should have given up before the Countryman as it looks like he tried the impossible with that one.

1 December 2010

You mean they actually had a chief designer, and they admit it, I thought the mini in its latest guises where designed by board meeting and photocopier.


This man needs to hang his head in shame, I wonder if he will po up at VAG, I hear they have a very good photocopier the also enlarges and reduces.

1 December 2010

You mean they actually had a chief designer, and they admit it, I thought the mini in its latest guises where designed by board meeting and photocopier.


This man needs to hang his head in shame, I wonder if he will pop up at VAG, I hear they have a very good photocopier that also enlarges and reduces.

1 December 2010

Hopefully this might see the MINI brand go a bit more back to basics. The brand has gone far too fancy for my liking - the cars are nice but the Countryman just looks weird after having seen a few on the roads. Additionally, there are about fifty thousand shades of silver available on the standard MINI at the moment - perhaps too much input from BMW there? Having seen those images that Autocar published a while ago, supposedly featuring the next 'Coupe-like' MINI, I fear they are heading in the wrong direction. Maybe this change will put the brakes on a bit and concentrate on the core product. We all know what happened at Smart...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

1 December 2010

[quote Autocar]Mini’s design boss, Gert Hildebrand, is to leave the company at the end of the year, parent firm BMW has announced.
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Gert Killedthebrand

1 December 2010

Do you hear that very faint sound? That's Sir Alec Issigonis smiling! If this means the end of monstrosities like the Countryman, then good!

1 December 2010

WELSH WIZARD - EXCELLENT!!!

To live is to drive

1 December 2010

You never know he might be off to GM to try and flog the crap ULC as a mini rival.

Money talks.

1 December 2010

[quote Welsh Wizard]Gert Killedthebrand[/quote]

Yeah that's right.

Millions made and sold. Thousands kept in employment (mostly in the UK).

I'm sick of people on these forums thinking thay they have the right to be judge and jury on car design and what people want to buy and own.

The brand was already dead, unless you think a car design that was decades old would have cut it.

If it wasn't for BMW there probably wouldn't even be a news story on this website about MINI. Lost into the passage of time like so many British brands before it.

If you think your taste is so good then become a car designer and prove it.

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