Chris Bangle first joined BMW in 1992 and quickly rose to notoriety after the release of the E65 7-series in 2002Enlarge Photo
Bangle leaves the post of BMW Group's Head of Design and will be replaced by Adrian van Hooydonk, who is currently Head of BMW Automobile Design. Both designers have worked closely together for the past 17 years and have mapped out a clear and aesthetic route for the future of the German luxury carmaker.
Chris Bangle will be replaced by Adrian van Hooydonk as BMW Group's Head of DesignEnlarge Photo
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 Opel. In 1985 he joined Fiat, where he became director of the Fiat Centro Stile in 1992 and designed the legendary Fiat Coupe. Shortly afterwards he left the Italian automaker to come to Munich.
Bangle became the first American BMW Head of Design in 1992, where he penned the Z9 Gran Turismo concept car. Despite the controversy and heated opinions behind many of his designs, his styling themes have gone on to inspire numerous designs at rival car companies and have had a significant affect on the global auto industry.