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    Chris Bangle leaving BMW AG

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    02/03/2009

    Munich. Christopher E. Bangle, the BMW Group's Head of Design, has worked closely with Adrian van Hooydonk in BMW Group design development for nearly17 years. Now he is handing over his post to van Hooydonk, who is currently Head of BMW Automobile Design. "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, and together with his teams he has mapped out a clear and aesthetic route into the future," said Dr Klaus Draeger, BMW AG's Board Member for Development. Dr Draeger went on to explain that the BMW Group was currently "in an excellent position", thanks to a broad portfolio of automobiles and several new vehicle concepts due for market launch in the coming months and years. The BMW AG Management Board, he added, is looking forward to working with van Hooydonk as Head of BMW Group Design - a man who shares Bangle's fascination for technology and aesthetics, tradition and innovation. Dr Draeger affirmed that van Hooydonk would be in a position to continue to build on a design philosophy, which extends across the BMW Group's brands. Bangle's plan to pursue his own design-related endeavours beyond the auto industry marks the start of a new phase in his life while maintaining strong ties with the BMW Group.
    Over the years numerous designs for new vehicles and vehicle concepts have been developed under Christopher Bangle's leadership. As well as continuing the BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series, he and his teams were responsible for a range of other models, including the BMW Z3, BMW Z4, BMW X5, BMW Z8, BMW X3, the new BMW 6 Series, the BMW X6 and the BMW 1 Series. Other developments under the auspices of Christopher Bangle include the new MINI and Rolls-Royce models and a number of innovative motorcycle concepts. During his tenure, Christopher Bangle was also instrumental in making the company's consultancy subsidiary, BMW Group DesignworksUSA, what it is today: a global design agency in North America, Munich and Singapore for leading international brands and companies in a wide variety of industries.

    Thanks to their outstanding design quality numerous products from all three of the BMW Group's automobile brands have won a host of renowned awards from around the world. Bangle has always had a special aptitude for working with his teams to strengthen the identities and unmistakable images of the BMW Group's brands and to inspire design innovations, said Dr Draeger, Board Member for Development. Over the years he has received a dozen patents for his technical applications and design. These, along with the one hundred additional patents awarded to the BMW Group Design under Bangle's auspices, are a testimony to his creative and innovative power.

    Born in the USA, Christopher Bangle, aged 52, has been Head of BMW Group Design Development since October 1992. After studying at the University of Wisconsin and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he began his working life in Rüsselsheim, where he worked for Adam Opel AG. In 1985 he joined FIAT, where he became Director of the FIAT Centro Stile in 1992. Shortly afterwards he left the Italian automaker to come to Munich.

    Throughout his career with the BMW Group Bangle's right-hand man has been Adrian van Hooydonk, who is now set to become his successor. He described van Hooydonk as "truly a top professional in our business," adding, "I am sure that the many strong design strategies he has helped us create for the BMW Group will continue to develop and evolve."

    Adrian van Hooydonk, aged 44, will take over as Director of BMW Group Design with immediate effect. In his new position he will be responsible for design development for the BMW, Rolls-Royce and MINI brands. Born in the Netherlands, van Hooydonk studied at Delft Polytechnic University in Holland and later at the Art Center Europe in Vevey, Switzerland, until 1992. From there he came to Munich, where he joined BMW as a designer. In the year 2000 he went to California to work for the BMW Group subsidiary Designworks USA. He was Director of the internationally renowned design agency from 2001 to 2004. Then, under Bangle as the BMW Group's Head of Design, he became Head of the Brand Design Studio for BMW Automobiles.

    The BMW 6 Series and 7 Series lines clearly bear the hallmark of van Hooydonk's design influence, as do the Z9 Concept Car, the BMW Concept CS (unveiled in 2007) and the M1 Hommage Study. In 1997 van Hooydonk created the ACV 30 Show Car for MINI and more recently he and his team have developed the designs for the new BMW 7 Series and Z4 as well as for the Concept Progressive Activity Sedan, which celebrates its premiere at the Geneva Auto Show in early March 2009.

    "I am honoured and extremely excited to take on this new responsibility", says van Hooydonk. "BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce produce the best cars and motorcycles in their segment, and I am really looking forward to being able to contribute to the future development of these brands." Speaking of his hopes for the years to come, van Hooydonk added: "I have no doubt that there are challenges ahead, but BMW's depth in engineering and the passion of its talented design team are as strong as ever. Together I am sure we will be able to create some very sophisticated and extremely attractive concepts." "

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    Good riddance. All he did was create goofy

    Now BMW can get back to creating vehicles that don't look odd.

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    Yipeeeeee!!!!!!

    There is hope for a new era . One where the ugliest BMWs of all time will simply vanish. The remnants of dated technology (i drive) and attention deficit consumer leasing of these monstrosity vehicles has come to close .

    To think that PeterE60M5 paid so much to lease an M5 (remember?) and now that same car is merely 2500 sign and drive and 995 a month for two years . So is an M6 (which BTW is not such a bad deal for a 100K car if one likes it).

    If there ever was a downward spiral prediction its those current generation 5 and 7 series swallowing up space on dealership lots because many are short on cash these days and even if they had it they don't want those cars anymore .

    It's been about 7 years since we first saw the famous Bangle design butt in the 02 745i and not its time to say farewell .

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    Re: Chris Bangle leaving BMW AG

    I won't be sorry to see him go. I loved my E46, while my E90 doesn't look nearly as good. Btw, I already see improvement - the new E89 looks really good, so hopefully the next 3 series will look great too.

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    THANK GOD

    What a freakin' tool.......

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    Re: Chris Bangle leaving BMW AG

    <font color= gray>I won't be sorry to see him go. I loved my E46, while my E90 doesn't look nearly as good. Btw, I already see improvement - the new E89 looks really good, so hopefully the next 3 series will look great too.</font>

    Bangle BMWs all.

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    Hear tell he did the e46; I love that car


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    Chris Bangle leaving is bad ..

    Have you seen the new Z4? Its ugly ! They just smashed it in the middle and put 5 series headlights. I was at the Washington auto show and I could not believe how ugly the z4 is now. I will miss the sharp designs Chris came up with. I Loved my Z4 and I am equally in love with my new 335i I hope that the person that designed the new Z4 is not going to design any more BMWs. All of the people at the BMW booth did not like the new design of the Z4 including the BMW sales folks. I hope all you Bangle haters are happy.. Beware of what you wish for you might get it.. I see some hum drum designs in BMWs future.

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    mango --you have choices

    If you love your Z4 then maybe it's time to look at a Boxter . Sales prices on high end cars have taken a big hit and BMW in my opinion is going to lead the way . Loyal BMW owners cried when the Bangle cars came out and the arrogance that they faced led many of them to lease .

    I posted often in the past that catering to an atention defict consumer won't retain the flock.

    In the meantime Porsche completely upgraded its CPO program and Caymans and Boxters can be bought in the 20's and 30's with used car warranties .

    Even better -for the price of a new Z4 you are nearing CPO Porsche 911 Cab territory .

    My point is that you don't have to settle on buying a car that you don't love . It's that simple --you can look at any car and if none thrill you -keep the one you have and enjoy it.

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    Re: Chris Bangle leaving is bad ..

    "All of the people at the BMW booth did not like the new design of the Z4 including the BMW sales folks."

    Maybe you're trying to say that not all 10 people at the booth liked the new Z4, but it actually sounds like you're suggesting none of them did.

    Sorry, but if you're suggesting that none of them liked it, well..that's just a little hard to believe.

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    Post some pics of the new Z4


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    Re: mango --you have choices..answer

    You are correct that I do have choices.. They same choices that everyone else had yet the stayed with BMW and Bangles designs, even Lexus is copying the designs now. Luckly I do not have to make that choice yet as I still have 2 years left on my 335i lease. Thanks for the info on Porsche. I just think its funny that all of these people hated his designs but, we listened to then gripe for years and I speek up for Chris Bangle and you would have thought I was Adolph Hitler. Im just saying that the new Z4 was ugly and dull (and yes everyone at the bmw stand at the auto show in washington, 20+ people agreed ) so i see more of the same for future designs. I hope not but, I will keep the info about Porsches in my back pocket.

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    pics of the new Z4 in rondel mag

    Sorry didnt have a camera but, just got the feb edition of Rondel and the is one picture in there. Glad I didnt have a camera the Z4 would have broke it. UGLY.

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    The guy has been there since the early 1990's.

    Everyone moves on eventually.

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    Absolutely WONDERFUL! who


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    No hurry, apparently

    This past Friday, the 13th, filling-in for AvH, Bangle conducted the world premiere of the PAS in Munich - BMW's showcar for upcoming Geneva show.

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