BMW appoints new M division boss

Frank van Meel is the brand new head of BMW's Whole Car Improvement unit
Chief eight Sequence engineer Markus Flasch replaces Frank van Meel, who's off to go BMW’s Whole Car Improvement

BMW M boss Frank van Meel is leaving the division after 4 years within the position, with head of eight Sequence growth Markus Flasch stepping as much as take cost of the corporate’s efficiency arm.

Van Meel, who joined BMW from Audi Quattro earlier than it was rebranded as Audi Sport, will lead the agency’s Whole Car Improvement unit from 1 October.

He was liable for the efficiency model’s adoption of all-wheel drive, overseeing the event of the variable four-wheel-drive system seen within the newest M5. Van Meel additionally championed a brand new mannequin hierarchy, with Competitors, CS and CSL variations sitting above base-level M vehicles. Up to now, that has included the M2 and M5 Competitors, and M3 and M4 CS.

Van Meel’s legacy will embody the forthcoming X3 M and X4M SUVs, the M8 Gran Coupé, and the M3 model of the upcoming three Sequence saloon, which has been noticed testing forward of an anticipated 2020 launch. It's anticipated to stay rear-drive solely, and can use a mix of aluminium and carbonfibre elements within the pursuit of low weight. 

With van Meel staying throughout the BMW group, the M roadmap he established is prone to stay in place underneath the brand new management. Flasch was chief engineer on the brand new eight Sequence, and was beforehand liable for high quality administration of luxurious fashions throughout all the BMW group.

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