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      02-03-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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Chief of Design Chris Bangle leaves BMW

BMW Group's design head Chris Bangle is quitting "to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry," the German carmaker said Tuesday.

Adrian van Hooydonk, head of design for BMW brand, will succeed Bangle.

"Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group's brands. His contribution to the company's success has been decisive," said Klaus Draeger, BMW's development chief in a statement.



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      02-03-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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wow. didn't see that coming
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      02-03-2009, 09:26 AM   #3
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Can't say I was mad on his designs when at BMW. At least this may lead to a new design direction for BMW. Be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of years...
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Wow, thought that those news would lead to more (negative) reactions.
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So from now on a Dutchman will be in charge...kewl.
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Is that good news or bad news? I personally never cared too much for the 5,6 or 7 series. Did he do the 1 and the 3 series also? Those I like
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Is that good news or bad news? I personally never cared too much for the 5,6 or 7 series. Did he do the 1 and the 3 series also? Those I like
I thought it was the "dutchman" who was designing everything and Bangle just releasing them.
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I dont know I am sure there is someone on this forum who would be able to answer who designed what thru which years, etc...
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Is that good news or bad news? I personally never cared too much for the 5,6 or 7 series. Did he do the 1 and the 3 series also? Those I like
According to World Car Fans, he designed the Z3, Z4, Z8, X5, X6, 6 Series, and the 1 Series. He also headed the 3er, 5er and 7er.

Sure, not all his designs were hits right away, and some are polarizing - you either love them or hate them, but look around the industry. He's easily one of the most influential designers of this century.
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So who actually designed the 3 series?
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So who actually designed the 3 series?
I always thought Van Hooydonck did.
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According to World Car Fans, he designed the Z3, Z4, Z8, X5, X6, 6 Series, and the 1 Series. He also headed the 3er, 5er and 7er.

Sure, not all his designs were hits right away, and some are polarizing - you either love them or hate them, but look around the industry. He's easily one of the most influential designers of this century.
I agree he has been very influential. The copying of design cue's from BMW's by other manufacturers is very obvious.

raised trunk lid on current S class - very 6 & 7 series
raised trunk lid of Camry - see above
tail lights of Camry - 5 series Being behind a Camry from a distance has fooled me into thinking it was a 5 series.
I've seen the Hofmeister Kink copied numerous times in some fashion

I've always been a fan of Bangle. The trend setters always get shit on, then when others copy, suddenly that style looks good.
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I agree he has been very influential. The copying of design cue's from BMW's by other manufacturers is very obvious.

raised trunk lid on current S class - very 6 & 7 series
raised trunk lid of Camry - see above
tail lights of Camry - 5 series Being behind a Camry from a distance has fooled me into thinking it was a 5 series.
I've seen the Hofmeister Kink copied numerous times in some fashion

I've always been a fan of Bangle. The trend setters always get shit on, then when others copy, suddenly that style looks good.
Exactly. Bangle is a designpioneer but never got the credits he deserved imo.
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Sure, not all his designs were hits right away, and some are polarizing - you either love them or hate them, but look around the industry. He's easily one of the most influential designers of this century.


No doubt about that. I HATED the design of his 7 Series when it came out. I'm still not a huge fan, but it's infuenced nearly every luxury car maker on the world to some degree.

I wouldn't mind seeing BMW's styling philosophy take a step back though.
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good news IMO, was never a fan of his 7 series or 5 series. i actually loved the 5 series until his re-design and vowed to never get one b/c of the bangle butt
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Bangle quits auto industry!

BMW design boss Bangle quits auto industry

Paul McVeigh
Automotive News Europe
February 3, 2009 13:52 CET
UPDATED: 09/02/03 14:55 CET
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BMW's Chris Bangle (right) is leaving the auto industry. He will be succeeded by Adrian van Hooydonk (left).

MUNICH -- BMW Group's design head Chris Bangle is quitting "to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry," the German carmaker said Tuesday.

Adrian van Hooydonk, head of design for BMW brand, will succeed Bangle with immediate effect, BMW said.

"Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group's brands. His contribution to the company's success has been decisive," said Klaus Draeger, BMW's development chief, in a statement.

America-born Bangle, 52, joined BMW in 1992 and modernized the conservative styling of the premium brand's cars. Bangle's distinctive themes of flame surfacing and pronounced trunk lids aroused strong opposition from many in the industry but the styling was a commercial success, helping BMW to overtake rival Mercedes-Benz as the global No. 1 premium brand by unit sales in 2006.

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      02-03-2009, 12:16 PM   #19
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Don't celebrate yet. VanHooydonk is Bangle's protege and he designed the camel hump on the current 6 series.
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Wow. thats big news, it will be interesting to see what the new design direction for BMW will be.
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There Is Alot More To Bmw Than 1 Man, But He Was Smart And Designed Some Nice Things.
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Thank God...his design language sucks.
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