It's all change at MINI's design studio! The man behind the modern day MINI, Gert Hildebrand, is set to leave the company at the end of the year to be replaced by the current head of Exterior Design for BMW, Anders Warming.
Hildebrand has been head of the MINI design studio since January 2001 and was responsible for the design of the hatch, convertible, Clubman and off-road Countryman models. We haven't seen the last of Hildebrand's work though, with the MINI Coupe and Roadster available in 2011 and 2012.
The man taking his place, Anders Warming, has worked on the new BMW Z4, 5-Series and the new 6-Series.
Don't expect to see a drastic change in future MINI designs though. The brand has developed a style and image that bosses will be keen to retain.
MINI didn't provide a reason for Hildebrand's departure but head of BMW Group design, Adrian van Hooydonk said: "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"