The appointment is part of a number of structural changes announced by the Group’s new CEO Matthias Müller.
Mauer (53) studied vehicle design at Pforzheim University and began his career at Mercedes-Benz in 1986, holding various functions until 2000, including design responsibility for the A-Class, SLK and SL models.
In 1999 he was named head of design at Smart, and he was involved in the design of the Roadster Coupe.
He moved to Saab as Executive Director Design in 2000 and was also given responsibility for Advanced Design at General Motors Europe in 2003.
He has been Head of the Design Department at Porsche AG since 2004. Among his responsibilities are the design of the 2007 Porsche Cayenne, the Panamera and the 918 Spyder.