An internal memo at Tata says Bose has stepped down for better opportunities. Pratap Bose was recently awarded carandbike Automotive Person of the Year 2021 and responsible for big hit designs like Harrier, Safari, Tiago and Nexon.
The much-celebrated head of design at Tata Motors, and the chief designer of successful cars like the Tata Nexon, Pratap Bose has quit the company. An internal memo was circulated earlier this week within the Tata Group that simply states, “Pratap Bose has decided to leave for better opportunities. He will proceed on leave for his remainder of (his) tenure.” Tata has also decided that Pratap’s deputy and head of the company’s UK Design Centre, Martin Uhlarik will take over from Pratap, likely to ensure continuity in design language and styling in the company’s portfolio. With Pratap Bose stepping away from active work while he serves out his notice period, Tata Motors has announced that Martin Uhlarik will be new the Head of Design with immediate effect.
Pratap Bose was awarded the carandbike Automotive Person of the Year at the carandbike Awards held in March, to recognise his stellar achievements over the past year. Bose has been credited with a large part of the turnaround seen at Tata over the past 3-4 years. Starting with the Tiago hatchback, then the Tigor and Hexa, his team’s design work has propelled the brand in to contention once again.
Later models like the and then the Harrier, Nexon (and Nexon EV), the new Tata Safari, and the Tata Altroz premium hatch have also added to that, and we have seen Tata enjoying the highest monthly sales seen in several years. The Tata Altroz in fact also won the Car Design of the Year 2021 award at the carandbike awards. At the 2020 carandbike Auto Expo Excellence Awards too, Bose had won Best Design of Show with his Sierra concept.
History was made when Bose was also shortlisted as a finalist for the very prestigious World Car Person of the Year at the 2021 World Car Awards. While he didn’t win, it was the first time an Indian, that too a designer was part of such an elite shortlist. His co-finalists were Mazda MX-30 Chief Engineer Tomiko Takeuchi, Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Euisun Chung, the same group’s Chief Creative Officer Luc Donckerwolke, and the eventual winner – President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda.
Bose has a slew of awards under his belt, over his 14 year long career at Tata Motors. His first design project for the company was the Safari Storme. That it ends with the new Safari, is almost poetic! We will watch closely where Bose is headed next. We have been able to ascertain only that he will continue to live in the UK as he currently does. This writer has reached out to Bose as well, and given the time difference to the UK, we shall update this story to include his response, if any.