Stephenson with the R50

Frank Stephenson, exterior designer of the first generation “new” MINI has stepped down from his post as design director at Alfa. While at the Fiat Group, Mr. Stephenson oversaw design on everything from the Maserati MC12 to the Ferrari 430 to the new Fiat 500. While at BMW he led lead the exterior design on the original BMW X5 and of course the R50 MINI One and MINI Cooper. Here’s an excerpt from an Automotive News article on the move:

>Stephenson confirmed to AutoWeek, Autmotive News Europe’s sister publication, that it was his decision to leave Alfa Romeo, but he did not want to comment on his reasons.

>”I have a few things I am looking at now, but I don’t want to go into them, but it’s something that I have instigated,” Stephenson said.

+ Alfa’s design chief steps down / Automotive News Europe

As always, we’d like to tip our cap to Mr. Stephenson. He’s not only forever tied to the resurgence of the MINI brand but he’s also been a supporter of MotoringFile for over five years now. We’ll be anxious to see where in the automotive world he lands.