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New chief designers for McLaren, Mini

On the marque: Rob Melville is credited with leading the design of the McLaren 720S, the first model in the second-generation Super Series.

Melville takes design reins at McLaren, while Heilmer to fill vacancy at Mini

2 Jun 2017

- McLaren Automotive has promoted Rob Melville to design director with immediate effect, replacing Frank Stephenson who has left the company.

- Overseas reports had indicated that Mr Stephenson would be returning to the BMW Group to retake the design reins at Mini, where earlier in his career he was responsible for reinventing the small British hatch and bringing it into the modern era with the now-classic R50-series ‘New Mini’ that launched in Europe in late 2000.

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