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      05-04-2005, 03:57 AM   #1
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E90's Exterior Designer

A lot of people on the net dont seem to know who the designer of the exterior of the E90 was

No it was not Bangle, he has moved on a bit, and Adrian van Hooydonk ( desiger of 6 Series exterior) is doing his job now

But the Designer of the exterior of the E90 is Joji Nagashima
He also designed the E39 5 Series exterior
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      05-04-2005, 04:00 AM   #2
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I thought it was designed by a team? That was what I was told.
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      05-04-2005, 04:21 AM   #3
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I thought it was designed by a team? That was what I was told.
They usually run a competition to see who comes up with the best initial idea, then the team works under the guidance of the designer who won to develop the car into the final design

The same is done with the interior

They then had to get verything approved by Bangle, but now its van Hooydonk
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      05-04-2005, 09:16 AM   #5
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Awesome

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Great post! Something useful, surprising, you rock!

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      05-04-2005, 09:23 AM   #6
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He also designed the E39 5 Series exterior
Good info e90fleet. Also, here's a list of the designers of various BMW's (everything can't be blamed on Bangle )

Joji Nagashima: E36 3 series, Z3, E39 5 series

Boyke Boyer: E38 7 series

Klaus Kapitza: E31 8 series

Geoff Velasco: X3 (Designworks)

Chris Chapman: X5 (Designworks)

Anders Warming: Z4 (Designworks)

Henrik Fisker: Z8 (now with Aston)

Kevin Rice: new 1 series

Erik Goplen: E46 3 series (Designworks/USA)

David Arcangeli: E60 5 series
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      05-04-2005, 09:30 AM   #7
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Good info e90fleet. Also, here's a list of the designers of various BMW's (everything can't be blamed on Bangle )

David Arcangeli: E60 5 series
E60...
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Good info e90fleet. Also, here's a list of the designers of various BMW's (everything can't be blamed on Bangle )

Joji Nagashima: E36 3 series, Z3, E39 5 series

Boyke Boyer: E38 7 series

Klaus Kapitza: E31 8 series

Geoff Velasco: X3 (Designworks)

Chris Chapman: X5 (Designworks)

Anders Warming: Z4 (Designworks)

Henrik Fisker: Z8 (now with Aston)

Kevin Rice: new 1 series

Erik Goplen: E46 3 series (Designworks/USA)

David Arcangeli: E60 5 series

I read the Z4 and 1 Series exteriors were by Chris Chapman

Edit: a quick search shows Rice was project leader, but what I read before is Chapman drew the exterior
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      05-04-2005, 10:11 AM   #9
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Also just for info Unfortunately Davide Arcangeli who designed the E60 5 Series exterior died of leukemia around November 2004
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I seem to remember him doing the Z3 as well. I like his designs alot.
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      05-04-2005, 01:04 PM   #11
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Also just for info Unfortunately Davide Arcangeli who designed the E60 5 Series exterior died of leukemia around November 2004
Damn...they should leave the E60 the way it is forever...my future car....
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      12-02-2005, 12:06 PM   #13
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Wow now I am really confused about who actually designed it
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Thanks for clearing it up for everyone. Great pic.
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Good info e90fleet. Also, here's a list of the designers of various BMW's (everything can't be blamed on Bangle )

Joji Nagashima: E36 3 series, Z3, E39 5 series

Boyke Boyer: E38 7 series

Klaus Kapitza: E31 8 series

Geoff Velasco: X3 (Designworks)

Chris Chapman: X5 (Designworks)

Anders Warming: Z4 (Designworks)

Henrik Fisker: Z8 (now with Aston)

Kevin Rice: new 1 series

Erik Goplen: E46 3 series (Designworks/USA)

David Arcangeli: E60 5 series
Oh no, the 1 series is a ricer
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Oh no, the 1 series is a ricer
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How about the E90 interior, who did it?
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How about the E90 interior, who did it?
Left: Mike Ninic, E90 interior development director
Middle: Matthias Hoffman, designer of winning proposal

EDIT: more photos of Matthias Hoffman working on clay model added.
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Left: Mike Ninic, E90 interior development director
Middle: Matthias Hoffman, designer of winning proposal
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More info for those who are interested.

The initial research phase of the E90 project started in the late 90's, at which time a Rover-friendly platform was still on the table. BMW dumped Rover in 2000, and started the E80 1-series project, which also was assigned to the Munich studio. Initial design work on the 2 projects ran at the same time at first, but the E90 was stopped for a while so they could focus on the E80. The E90 was revived in late 2001, an in-house competition took place: 15 designers participated, 6 of the proposals were made into clay models, and eventually Nagashima's proposal was selected to be further developed for production. Then a team was formed to finalize everything: senior design manager Boyke Boyer as exterior design director and Mike Ninic as interior design director. Both of them who have been with BMW for over 2 decades reported to Chris Bangle. The exterior was ready to be signed off in late 2002, prototypes were built and sent to testing in 2003.

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1: Joji Nagashima
2: Nagashima directing modeller
3: Nagashima on drawing board
4: Nagashima working on clay model
5: Boyke Boyer (left 3)
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This is so ironic. BMW evokes the idea of German Engineering, yet Mr. Nagashima was born in Japan and educated in the U.S.A.

I wonder who is actually responsible for the e60 headlight "eyebrows" and the shape of the e90 headlights. In cartoon form, they could easily transform into Anime characters.
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