Dirk van Braeckel

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Dirk van Braeckel
Born (1958-02-19) February 19, 1958 (age 56)
Nationality Belgian
Education Royal College of Art
Occupation Car designer
Employer Bentley Motors
Spouse(s) Hanna

Dirk van Braeckel (born February 19, 1958 in Deinze),[1] is a Belgian car designer, currently head of design at Bentley Motors. He is married to Hanna and has one daughter Josephine.[2]

Career[edit]

Born in Deinze,[1] after leaving school, van Braeckel studied electrical engineering,[3] before joining Ford as an apprentice car designer in Cologne, West Germany.[1] Ford then agreed to sponsor him undertake a degree in car design at the Royal College of Art, London.[4]

On graduation, he joined Audi in 1984, working on external design[1] including the Audi A8 concept and Audi A3.[5] In 1993, Volkswagen Group boss Ferdinand Piëch personally choose him to head design for VW's newly purchased Škoda Auto division, where he revised the entire model line-up,[4] creating the Octavia and Fabia models.[1]

After Volkswagen purchased Bentley in 1998 from Vickers plc, van Braeckel joined the British based company in August 1999 as Director of Design & Styling. His brief was to create a second-car line that could sell in higher volumes than the $240,000 Bentley Arnage car. Van Braeckel created the Bentley Continental GT, which in 2004 sold 5,983 units, exceeding forecasts by 62%,[4] and in 2009 his Bentley Mulsanne was launched.[6]

Cars[edit]

Bentley Continental GT

Awards[edit]

In 2007, van Braeckel was awarded the laureate of Antwerp's Christophe Plantin Prize, which honours Belgian citizens whose cultural, artistic or scientific activities contribute to the country's prestige abroad.[3] In 2008, van Braeckel was awarded the European Automotive Design Award by Designers (Europe).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bentley design director Dirk van Braeckel awarded". carbodydesign.com. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ Mayer, Bettina (2 March 2009). "Van Braeckel’s spark was Ickx’s Le Mans win". Automotive News Europe. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Dirk van Braeckel receives top Belgian award". conceptcar.co.uk. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dirk van Braeckel". Business Week. 2005-05-30. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ "World of Bentley". World of Bentley. Bentley. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Condon, Josh. "Bentley Mulsanne: The famed British saloon builder replaces the Arnage with an all-new stunner.". MSN Autos. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  7. ^ Damian, Alex (31 May 2006). "Bentley Continental Flying Spur". Top Speed. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  8. ^ GRITZINGER, Bob (6 March 2007). "2008 Bentley Brooklands Coupe Big two-door captures company's racing heritage". Automotive News. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Fowler, Steve. "Bentley SUV to get new look". Auto Express. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 

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