BMW Gets Serious About AWD Performance


BMW’s newest executive is a strong sign that the company is about to get serious with all-wheel drive performance vehicles.

Former quattro boss Franciscus Van Meel was named the new head of BMW M following the retirement of former boss Friedrich Nitschke, 59, who will retire at the end of the year. According to a statement released by BMW, Van Meel officially joins the company on October 1.

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At Audi, Van Meel was in charge of developing the new R8, but product development boss Ulrich Hackenberg lost faith in his ability to complete the project after several delays and a dubious future for the on-again, off-again electric variant of that car. Before he was in charge of Audi’s quattro unit, Van Meel started at Audi in 1996 and worked in chassis development.

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