• WWS Posted: 2/3/2009 11:22am PST

    "Old 7 Series"

    The first Bangle-designed 7 Series always looked unfinished to me. The design of the stern looked as if they had to have that odd trunk no matter what...even at the expense of not knowing what to do with the tail lights.

  • Taberd Lee Posted: 2/3/2009 11:51am PST

    "Every other manufacturers copy Bangle's idea"

    I really don't like the "Bangle butt" but almost every car makers out there at least have one in their line up, starting with Mercedes, then Lexus, even Hyundai. So love it or hate it, that design does have a very strong influence.

  • Cyrus EM Posted: 2/3/2009 12:16pm PST

    "BMW passes Benz"

    Like it or not (I don't like the 7, new 3 or Z4 roadster), Bangle added pizzazz to BMW's concervative design, changed the car design world and is partly responsible for BMW passing Benz as the largest premuim brand in the world (MB did help with lucklaster designs and poor quality). Other designer have come and gone, he will be remembered with other greats. Sometimes it takes contreversy for that to happen...

  • Erik Posted: 2/3/2009 12:18pm PST

    "Z4 will stand as a classic"

    He hit a home run with the Z4, when he took the anonymous Z3 and made it into something that's going to be featured in automotive history books years from now. Lines like no other contemporary roadster.

  • CYA Posted: 2/3/2009 12:48pm PST


    Bye Chris! Shoulda stuck to designing coffee pots or corrugated boxes or somethin'

  • Randall Posted: 2/3/2009 11:16pm PST


    There is a God!!!!!!!! 2009 is starting to look good already, I may be able to avoid a bangle crap after all when I replace my E46, good move BMW!!!!!!

  • E36Piloti Posted: 2/4/2009 12:21am PST

    "Fanbois rejoice!"

    Of course, this news will have all the BMW fanbois and outside observers rejoicing. What they overlook is that Bangle's successor, AVH, is the one who actually penned the E65 and E62 that had everyone up in arms. Bangle set the tone and provided and the direction for his team of advisors in his position as design director. Even I think the results were mixed, but there is no doubt he has proven to be prescient, and did well to emphasize to the traditionally stodgy German companies that design is important, and that just making sausages in different sizes wasn't going to suffice.