In his new position, Montousse will oversee all of Mazda’s North American design operations, including next-generation vehicle design, exterior, interior and brand strategy development.

Julien Montousse

Montousse will report directly to Masamitsu Koike, vice president R&D at MNAO.

About Julien Montousse

Montousse joined Mazda in 2009, heading up interior design at Mazda’s North American studio with long-term assignments at the carmaker’s headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan.

Mazda Shinari Concept - Interior Design Sketches by Julien Montousse

Mazda Shinari Concept – Interior design sketches by Julien Montousse

In that role, Montousse helped propel the production design process of Mazda’s award-winning new-generation line-up, including the all-new Mazda MX-5 and current-generation Mazda6, to achieve a true driver-centric cockpit experience.

Official Statements

“Through our KODO – Soul of Motion design ethos, we’ve come so far to instil a premium aura throughout our new-generation line-up,” said Montousse.

“I am honoured to have been chosen to lead our efforts at MNAO, and I look forward to continuing to elevate the Mazda brand with advanced vehicle architectures, purposeful aesthetics and unique consumer experiences.”

Masamitsu Koike, vice president R&D at MNAO, commented “Julien has been instrumental in strengthening Mazda’s overall direction through his keen focus on creating driving atmospheres focused on the experience of driving.”

“He is an invaluable asset to have on our team and an excellent ambassador of the Mazda brand.”

Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s global chief of design, commented “Julien brings to Mazda a deep understanding of form language that complements our worldwide design efforts and adds a layer of depth to KODO design that keeps pushing the boundaries in terms of sophistication and style.”

“I congratulate him on his appointment and welcome him to the next chapter of his career as MNAO’s director of design.”

(Source: Mazda)