Geoff Upex, Land Rover’s head of design, is to retire. The designer of the Range Rover and Discoverys II and III, he has created Land Rover’s highly successful current look, designing the entire LR range (except the venerable Defender).
His successor is to be Gerry McGovern, head of advanced design at Land Rover and the designer of the first Freelander, as well as the MGF.
Upex said the last six years of his 23-year career with the company had been the “most rewarding anyone in our business could hope to have”.
Before becoming head of Land Rover design in 2000, Upex was Rover’s chief designer for medium cars. He had a hand in all Rovers from 1986, including the Honda-based cars and the Rover 75.