dimanche 2 octobre 2011

Christopher Bangle (his designs are incorporated in the entire BMW lineup)

Christopher Edward Bangle (born on 14 October, 1956 in Ravenna, Ohio), is an American automobile designer. He is a former Chief of Design for BMW group, responsible for design strategy and conception across all BMW's brands including Mini and Rolls Royce.

Bangle began his career at Opel where he designed the interior of the Junior concept car. He later moved to Fiat where he became chief designer and was credited with the design of the angular Fiat Coupé.

When he joined BMW in 1992, he had little complete-car track record, and became their first American chief of design.

The 1999 Z9 concept car marked a departure from BMW's traditional conservative style, and his latter work has caused some controversy among BMW enthusiasts. But his designs have sold, and after being replaced as Chief Designer of BMW by Dutch protégé Adrian van Hooydonk , Bangle became the Chief of Design for the whole BMW Group, including Mini and Rolls Royce.

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