Slovak star designer leaves Rolls-Royce after six months

There is already speculation over where he will move next.

Emily, the hood ornament of Rolls Royce is pictured on a classic car at the Essen Motor Show, a show for tuning, motor sport, series sports vehicles and classic cars.Emily, the hood ornament of Rolls Royce is pictured on a classic car at the Essen Motor Show, a show for tuning, motor sport, series sports vehicles and classic cars. (Source: AP/TASR)

One of the stars of contemporary automotive design is leaving the Rolls-Royce brand. Slovak Jozef Kabaň stuck with the company for only six months.

His career with BMW ended hastily as well, the iDnes.cz website reported.

“Although Jozef was with Rolls-Royce for only a short while, we’re thankful for his contribution, said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Cars, as quoted by iDnes.cz. He wished all the best to Kabaň in his future career.

Where next?

Kabaň served as chief designer at BMW, thanks in part to his work for Škoda Auto, where he designed most of the contemporary models. During his stay there, he also contributed to the legendary Bugatti Veyron.

However, the fact that the post did not suit him, prompted his quick move to Rolls-Royce this March, according to iDnes.cz.

Rumours have already arisen as to where Kabaň may move next. His predecessor at Rolls-Royce, Giles Taylor, was recruited by the Chinese car maker Hongqi, which now has one of the main design studios in Munich, Germany. It is possible that the Chinese companies will be the first to approach him.

Another possibility is that he will move to the Hyundai-Kia concern, the website wrote.

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