Bangle Continues To Make Waves In The Auto Industry.

by Bernie McGroarty on September 5, 2013, 8:28 pm

Chris Bangle is one of the auto industry's most controversial designers. You may know him as the creator of the "Bangle butt" design on the rear of the early 2000's BMW 7 series. He was influential, but would leave BMW in 2009 to start his own design studio.

Bangle, in an interview with Automotive News Europe, expressed that today's designers have been pretty much stagnant in their designs, "relying on much the same approaches and elements that they have in the past." As far as innovation goes, he says, they're talking the talk but not walking the walk.

I think designs of today are on point and clean. New innovations are introduced in small steps. You can't just go from Flintstones to Jetsons. It's a slow transition but the designs progress in a manner that makes sense. You have to ease people into the more radical changes and ideas, and that seems to be the way things are going.

How do you feel about Bangle's statements? Do you think designs are on the right track or should there be more sooner?

Read the original article from Auto News here.

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5 responses to Bangle Continues To Make Waves In The Auto Industry.

HugH commented:
September 6, 2013, 3:08 pm

I never did like his designs. so, to me he's just blah, blah, blah!!!

Good riddance!!!
StevenMueller commented:
September 7, 2013, 9:19 am

There's no question he definitely influenced the automotive world with his designs. However, I would argue that companies are making more aggressive, future-forward car designs now. Hell, even the econo-box Hyundais and Kias have interesting designs to them.
After guard commented:
September 7, 2013, 9:20 am

I have always liked Bangles "flame surface" designs, which is one of the reasons I have a 128i. His 7 series wasn't particularly pretty, but you see it's influence in several brands still.
TopDownInFL commented:
September 7, 2013, 12:03 pm

Originally Posted by After guard View Post
you see it's influence in several brands still.

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Drew's525i commented:
September 7, 2013, 4:44 pm

He took the muscle of the BMW look. That's my biggest problem. They need to be sexy, tight, and muscular, his cars looked bloated.