Geoff Upex, the man who penned the Range Rover, Discovery and new LR2 (Freelander for overseas readers), is stepping down from the automotive design world vowing never to design another car again. The U.K.’s AutoExpress reports that Upex will retire at Christmas after a 23-year stint at Land Rover and Rover, adding that the designer believes "the job is done."

Upex, aged 54, feels that he has accomplished all that he can with Land Rover and that it’s time for the next generation of designers to take over. His replacement is Gerry McGovern, Land Rover’s current advanced design director.

Some of Upex’s best work includes the current Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and Land Rover Discovery, which just happens to be some Land Rover’s best-selling products in decades. Before joining Land Rover, Upex worked on the MINI, Rover 75 and MGF.


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