Michael Mauer in portrait

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Portrait of Michael Mauer
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M besides, born on July 28, 1962 in Rotenburg /Fulda , graduated from the St. Blasien college in Baden-Württemberg in 1981. He then began his studies as a car designer at the well-known Pforzheim University in the Transportation Design department.

Under Michael Mauer, Porsche designed the Panamera

Between 1986 and 1989 Michael Mauer was then exterior designer at Mercedes in Sindelfingen, from 1989 to 1991 as head designer in the commercial vehicle division, design project manager for the Mercedes V-Class. Then his ascent began in the field of Mercedes passenger cars: Between 1991 and 1992 he was responsible for the shape of the first SLK generation as head designer, and between 1992 and 1995 as team leader design for the interior and exterior of the A-Class, SL and SLK . Mauer made a significant contribution to the expansion of the Mercedes model series and was subsequently studio manager of the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Japan between 1998 and 1999.

In 1999 he switched to the Mercedes subsidiary Smart, where he was head of design up to In 2003 he was responsible for the lines of the Smart Roadster and various concept cars up to a Smart SUV. Michael Mauer then left the Mercedes brand and between 2000 and 2003 became the new head of design at Saab, where his options remained limited due to the financial difficulties of the former GM subsidiary. In 2004 he took over the management of General Motors Europe Advanced Design in addition to Saab, but left the brand in the same year to take over from Harm Lagaay as Head of Porsche Design. The Panamera, the successor to the Cayenne and the 918 Spyder Hybrid study, was created under Waller's direction.


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