World renown auto designer Karim Habib leaves Infiniti after only two years and moves to Kia as Head of Design
Mr. Habib is one of a handful of automotive designers that manages to always absorb a brand’s identity and make it grow. Most of his most notable work was done at BMW but since his beginnings some 20 years ago, he’s also dabbled in Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti. Come October however, he will assume big design responsibilities at Kia Motors.
Mr. Habib’s most notable works include the BMW X3 and 6 Series Gran Coupe. He could also be credit with saving BMW’s overall brand image following the Chris Bangle era of less than attractive vehicles. Namely, Habib was responsible for the F01 7 Series following the hideous E65 from 2001.
We can’t help but include here that this is at least the second highly-decorated and established auto industry personality to leave Infiniti/Nissan in 2019. Christian Meunier, previously at Nissan as head of operations in the US and Canada, held the position of Infiniti President before moving to FCA’s Jeep brand.
Karim Habib’s position will be of Senior Vice President and Head of Kia Design Center and will be based at Kia’s global design headquarters in Namyang, Korea. He will report to Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, he who replaced the famed Peter Schreyer almost a year ago.