Mini’s chief designer Anders Warming has left the BMW group after 11 years, to pursue another career opportunity

Mini chief designer Anders Warming, who was responsible for the recently revealed Mini Vision Next 100 concept, has resigned from the company. 

Alongside the concept unveiled as part of BMW's centenary celebrations, he has worked on the current Clubman and the Superleggera concept, as well as the next-generation Countryman

At the helm of Mini’s design department since 2010, Warming is widely regarded as having developed Mini into a more premium, luxury brand. 

It is not yet known where Warming is heading after his six-year tenure at Mini, but it’s not the first time Warming has left the BMW group; he undertook a two-year stint at Volkswagen from 2003 after leaving BMW’s California design facility. Warming was appointed head of Mini design after his predecessor, Gert Hildebrand, stepped down at the end of 2010. 

During his time at BMW, Warming worked with Chris Bangle and Adrian van Hooydonk, helping to design the second-generation BMW X3, Z4 5 Series and 6 Series, before taking the helm of Mini’s design team.

Mini confirmed to Autocar that Warming has left the BMW Group, but couldn't give any further details, like possible replacements, when Warming's resignation comes into effect, or where Warming will be going.

News of Warming’s departure was first detailed on motoring news website GTSpirit.

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12 July 2016
"Pursue other career opportunities", US West Coast, Tesla, Apple?
R S Tanner

12 July 2016
Having to apply the caricature MINI design language to different sized cars and proving that stretching it to the Clubman doesn't work. Producing by far the worst designed car on the road today, the 5 door MiINI. Hideous from side and rear 3/4 angles. Looks like a home made cut and shut its that bad. Amateur window seals instead of the 3 door frameless doors. Short rear doors cos marketing told them it couldn't be too big otherwise people won't buy a more expensive Clubman or Countryman instead. I wish him all the best and trust he'll enjoy leaving the MINI design constraints in his wake.



You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!

12 July 2016
Hopefully NOT in the auto industry

12 July 2016
Hopefully NOT in the auto industry

12 July 2016
The MINI brand - 3 generations of tired repetitions and variations. It started off as a fashion statement but it's now well past its sell-by date. A change of designer won't fix Mini's future. It needs a radical change in direction. Explore ways of clever packaging for a start, that's what the Issigonis Mini was brilliant at.

13 July 2016
Armchair critics out in force, never mind that Mini has continued to prove successful...

13 July 2016
The fruity one would be my bet.

23 August 2016
BMW is ingenious to promote a small, unreliable (according to surveys) car to a premium luxury status and commercial success, I presume. Design language followed the original British style but without cuteness.

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