Former BMW Head of Design Karim Habib leaves for Infiniti

Interesting, News | March 14th, 2017 by 35
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It’s free-agency time in the NFL, at the moment. A time when high-priced athletes leave their current teams to go to different, sometimes rival teams. …

It’s free-agency time in the NFL, at the moment. A time when high-priced athletes leave their current teams to go to different, sometimes rival teams. It’s a tense but exciting time for fans and teams alike. Something similar is happening with BMW’s Head of Design, Karim Habib.

A little while back, we learned of Habib’s leave from the Bavarian brand. Habib had been the Head of Design for BMW since 2012 and led the design of many great BMWs. He was well liked and always courteous to us during interviews and press conferences. However, it seems as if Habib received a better offer from Infiniti, as he’s just been named Chief Designer for the Japanese brand.

So Habib has gone to a rival team, playing at the same position.

Admittedly, this isn’t the first time Habib left BMW. He first started with the brand in 1998, working there for over a decade. He then left in 2009 to join a different rival brand in Mercedes-Benz. However, he left Mercedes to come back to BMW in 2011.

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To be honest, I’m actually sort of glad Habib went to Infiniti, as the Japanese brand needs all the help it can get. Some of the cars, scratch that, all of the cars from Infiniti recently look like bloated Orcas. The design language of the premium Nissan brand is just not good. It can benefit greatly from a talent like Habib, especially on the inside, an area where Habib specializes. The cabin of the new Q60 is a mishmash of different materials, different sized, shaped and textured buttons and even different fonts. It also has two separate screens on the dash that feature two different screen finishes and different resolutions. It just feels very cheap, very sloppy and very un-premium.

Habib did good work at BMW, so hopefully he can do more good work at Infiniti. Competition breeds excellence, so BMW, as well as every other premium brand, can benefit from Infiniti stepping its game up.

35 responses to “Former BMW Head of Design Karim Habib leaves for Infiniti”

  1. Arunabh says:

    Lots of activity going on at Nissan end !!

    • guest says:

      When will that show in their lineup? New coupe is the only thing of the slightest interest.

      • Arunabh says:

        i dont know, personally.

        But a safe bet would be not before 2-3 years.

        However, i dont think that infiniti is going to completely break its mould atleast in exterior design. Its serving them well despite all its awkwardness.

        it will be interiors where he may play a bigger role.

  2. Giom says:

    I hope he can be replaced with a person who is sold out to BMW… who will never be lured away from the brand because it’s his/her passion. Someone who eats, drinks and sleeps BMW! BMW DNA should run in the blood…

  3. Tunmishe Oke says:

    As much as I appreciate this great design mind and his contribution to the BMW family, I dare say he was sorta “spent” as far as taking BMW forward is concerned. The cars, especially the bigger limos and mid-sized sedans seem bereft of new ideas and he was in danger of suffering what I would call a dearth of innovation. Wish him all the success in Infiniti, they certainly need him.

    • Arunabh says:

      I kind of agree to your point. While There is nothing new happening in BMW these days as far as designs are concerned,i think, it has more to do with the fact that probably the management itself has gone too conservative. It seems that their focus is more on fail safe products rather than exciting ones but those that can go either ways.

      Personally, i think these guys like to work in places where they are given lot more freedom to express.

  4. Dailybimmer says:

    Next time it should be a german.

  5. Dailybimmer says:

    I will refuse to buy a Bmw car designed by Kaban (Slovak), who came from Skoda that’s for sure. Yes, Bmw should stand to it’s herritage or otherwise I’ll switch over to Alfa Romeo or another brand. Well Bmw was ravaged by a disease that turned Bmw management into a blind managment and Bmw diehard fans into Ferrari, McLaren,Tesla and Alfa Romeo fans/customers. Thank you Bmw, thank you.

    • Max says:

      I guess, they wont be sad if u buy something else. People like u are the worst customers anyway and will never be satisfied with any product.

    • guest says:

      Thus explaining their global record sales for the past six years.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      You chose to see that he is from Skoda just like you chose to ignore he was involved in one of the most challenging projects ever: the Bugatti Veyron. The first car capable of hitting the 400km/h barrier, it must have been one hell of a challenge.

      Also you can’t predict what he’ll. I have to admit that he managed to make Skoda’s design language evolve into something less boring.

      • Dailybimmer says:

        Are you talking about BUGATTI veyron, the most ugliest supercar in the world? If I had that money I would buy 20 Alpina B5 with 330 Kmh top speed instead, which is not far away from the 400 kmh of Veyron.

        • Max says:

          Sure 330 is not far away from 400, its moon like far away!
          I am a die hard BMW fan, and I dont care about the person who designs, I care about what will be designed and how. And it is sure, that he doesnt decide by his own what will be done!

          • Dailybimmer says:

            Anyhow 330 kmh in the Alpina B5 with it’s 608 hp from V8 engine are closer to Bugatti’s Veyron with16 cylinders, 1200 hp and 400 kmh than a standard M550i Xdrive with 462 hp V8 and 250 kmh top speed compared to Alpina B5 (330Kmh). That’s far more away from the earth than the moon is and for the price of Bugatti Veyron, now Chiron, I can get 20 Alpinas.

    • guest says:

      So no Mercedes then either? Their exterior designer is Slovenian, via VW & Kia.

  6. Diana says:

    Smart writing, Nico DeMattia with the full picture in mind. Thank you. Refreshing.

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