With him, BMW’s high performance car division will probably change its mind and bring the M3 station wagon to America.
Big changes are reportedly happening behind the scenes of the BMW M. So far, nothing official, but the profile forum BMW Blog learned from insiders that Markus Flush is leaving the post of CEO of BMW M. However, he will be replaced by a person familiar to fans of the brand. According to the publication, Franciscus (Frank) van Meel will take over as the new CEO of BMW M on November 1, 2021.
Van Meel previously served as CEO of BMW M from January 2015 until the end of 2018, when he took over as head of BMW Automotive Development. Last year, Van Meel took over as head of product division for BMW Luxury and Rolls-Royce, but will soon be heading BMW M again.
Markus Flush will take on a “new lead role” in BMW M, but no further details have been released. Van Meel was recently in charge of BMW’s luxury electric models, including the iX SUV and the upcoming BMW 7-Series electric vehicle.
The first electrified BMW M SUV, dubbed the XM, is rumored to arrive in a few weeks with a plug-in hybrid rumored to produce over 750 horsepower, which is the maximum power ever offered by a production BMW – with or without M engine.
From 2015 to 2018, as CEO of BMW M, Van Meel was responsible for the current generation BMW M5 and its variable all-wheel drive system. Under the leadership of Markus Flush, he recently launched the first ever BMW M3 Touring, the second generation M2, the first M4 CSL and the next generation M5.