Don’t ask Corey Lewis about the new Rolls-Royce Phantom, as you’ll get a rundown of all the issues mistaken with it. Primarily, that it lacks grace and its flanks seem too tall.
Magnificence is all the time in the eye of the beholder, however Giles Taylor, the design chief behind the revamped extremely-lux sedan and just lately launched “excessive-bodied car” (Cullinan SUV) isn’t sticking round to craft one other vehicle. Taylor’s leaving the firm, putting the model’s design future in limbo.
Rolls-Royce isn’t saying a lot about Taylor’s departure, solely that the automaker’s head of design left to “pursue various enterprise pursuits.”
“Taylor will depart the enterprise with fast impact,” the automaker introduced Friday. “An announcement with regard to a successor can be made sooner or later.”
Taylor acquired his design begin at Citroën in the early Nineteen Nineties, shifting on to Jaguar in 1999. There, he guided the flagship XJ sedan by way of its most vital redesign thus far. A chance at Rolls-Royce arose in 2011 and Taylor jumped ship once more.
With the second-era Phantom, Taylor and his design workforce reworked a very conventional, very upright sedan into a barely extra trendy model of itself. In contrast to the present and former-era Jaguar XJ, there’s no mistaking the new Phantom for something aside from a Phantom. In creating the Cullinan, which borrows closely from the new Phantom, Rolls-Royce ensured the automaker stays viable in the face of evolving consumer tastes.
It wasn’t all clean crusing for Taylor at Rolls-Royce, nevertheless. As reported by Automotive Information, the design boss clashed with executives over the model’s future design path. Taylor felt the transfer in the direction of electrification referred to as for main modifications, however firm brass — so far as we all know — stay undecided.
“Aesthetic and spiritually we’re in one other transition with electric energy, I consider we’ve got to register externally the model has modified,” he advised the publication in March.
A supply tells Automotive Information that Taylor’s departure was amicable, and that he’ll stay in the automotive realm.
[Images: BMW Group]
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