Bentley appoints David Hilton as Head of Exterior Design
Many will know the famous and internationally acclaimed designer David Hilton for his contribution to auto designs. Hilton has 12 years experience in his own design firm and 20 years of experience in designing of automobiles for a host of international automobile companies. Hilton has now been appointed as Head of Exterior Design at Bentley Motors Limited and will take up the position with immediate effect.
Hilton worked at Ford both at their Detroit and German offices and also with Mazda of Japan. He has many years of experience as Designer with Volkswagen Group in Brazil as well. His experience, creativity and talent will be an asset to Bentley which will ensure that he helps them build on their current line up to offer more appealing and stylish cars to their customers. Hilton will take the place of Raul Pires who had left Bentley in 2011 to join Volkswagen’s Italian design house called Italdesig.
HILTON JOINS BENTLEY AS HEAD OF EXTERIOR DESIGN
Crewe, 9 February 2012: Internationally acclaimed designer David Hilton has been appointed Head of Exterior Design for Bentley Motors Ltd. After 12 years running his own successful design firm, 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. Award winning projects for a range of European and Japanese brands established his reputation and helped the companies attract new customers. Prior to this, Hilton worked at Ford for many years in both Detroit and Germany as well as a spell with Mazda in Japan. A 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.”
“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.