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Published on March 19th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair

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Former Head of BMW Design Now Works for INFINITI

Karim Habib, former Head of BMW Design has been named Head of INFINITI Design, effective July 1, 2017. Habib has an accomplished track record in Automotive Design for several premium automotive brands, including BMW and Daimler AG.  He will be based in the company’s technical center in Atsugi, Japan and lead the global INFINITI design teams in Japan; Beijing, China; San Diego, USA and London, England. He will report to Alfonso Albaisa, newly appointed Senior Vice President Global Design for NISSAN Motor Corporation.

Karim Habib most recently led the BMW Brand Design team in Munich, Germany, where he was responsible for production and concept cars such as, the X1, the X2 Concept and the CSL Homage. Before this, as head of advanced design for Daimler, he worked on the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the new Smart. He started his career at BMW in Advanced Design where he was responsible for the Design of the previous 7 Series and the Concept CS.

Habib entered the automotive industry after earning a Mechanical engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a design degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA.


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