Michael Mauer to lead VW Group design

Automotive Design 21 Dec 2015
Michael Mauer to lead VW Group design

Volkswagen has announced that Michael Mauer, currently lead designer at Porsche, will succeed Walter de Silva in the group design direction.


The appointment is part of a number of structural changes announced by the Group’s new CEO Matthias Müller.

Michael Mauer

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.

1994 Mercedes-Benz SLK Concept

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.

Michael Mauer presents the Posrche Macan at the 2013 LA Auto Show

Porsche 918 Spyder Design Sketch Render

Porsche Macan Design Sketch

(Source: Volkswagen)

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  1. 26/12/2015

    Good for him but sad to see him leave Porsche.

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