Giles Taylor abruptly calls time on his tenure at Rolls

Rolls-Royce head of design, Giles Taylor, has left the British luxury marque at short notice, with little explanation for the sudden departure provided.

Taylor is the man responsible for the new Phantom and the first Rolls-Royce SUV, the Cullinan – not to mention the dramatic, forward-looking Vision Next 100 Concept, launched as part of BMW's centenary.

He joined Rolls-Royce in 2012, having worked on the Jaguar XF and ground-breaking XJ limousine in his previous role.

Rather than moving to Mini or BMW, Taylor has left the BMW Group entirely to "pursue alternative business interests".

Rolls-Royce hasn't undergone a dramatic design revolution under Taylor's leadership, but it has gradually adapted its classic design cues to meet modern expectations. Now in its seventh generation, the new Phantom has a more characterful face than those that went before, and a rounder rear end.