David Hilton is new Bentley Head of Exterior Design

Automotive Design 9 Feb 2012
David Hilton is new Bentley Head of Exterior Design

David Hilton has been appointed Head of Exterior Design for Bentley Motors Ltd. and will report to the company’s Director of Design and Styling Dirk van Braeckel.


After 12 years running his own successful design firm “Motorcity Europe“, David Hilton moves to Crewe in the UK reporting to Bentley’s Director of Design and Styling Dirk van Braeckel.

Hilton has over two decades experience within automotive design having worked with a wide variety of global companies.

MC1 Concept MC1 Concept
 Among the projects created by Motorcity Europe is the mid-engined supercar concept MC1.

In 2009-2011 Motorcity Europe also organized a series automotive design-focused workshops. Prior to this, Hilton worked at Ford for many years in both Detroit and Germany as well as a spell with Mazda in Japan.

Car Sketch by David HiltonA former Chief Designer at Ford Racing, he also has experience within the Volkswagen Group having been a designer at VW Autolatina in Brazil.

Announcing Hilton’s appointment, Dirk van Braeckel commented: “With such vast experience and creative design talent, David will be a huge asset to the team at Crewe.

“His proven creative excellence will undoubtedly help us build on our current highly successful model line-up and enhance the appeal of Bentley cars to our customers world-wide. I am looking forward to working with him.”

Car Sketch by David Hilton Hilton commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Bentley at this exciting time. Bentley has a distinctive design language which reflects the history and heritage of the Brand but remains relevant to today’s high luxury customers. This is a tremendous privilege and opportunity and I hope I can draw on the passion that I know everyone associated with the marque shares and help shape the design of the next generation of Bentleys.”

Hilton replaces Raul Pires who left Bentley at the end of 2011 to join the VW-owned Italian design house Italdesign.

(Source: Bentley)

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