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Bangle, Ex-BMW design boss, open his own design studio

March 26th, 2009

Christopher Edward Bangle (born October 14, 1956) is an American automobile designer. Bangle is known best for his work as Chief of Design for BMW Group, where he was responsible for the BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce motor cars.

He was born in Ravenna, Ohio, and raised in Wausau, Wisconsin. After considering becoming a Methodist minister, Bangle attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California to pursue his automobile designer career.

Bangle started his career at Opel. The first work that he designed is the interior of the Junior concept car. He later moved to Fiat and worked as a chief designer of the Fiat Coupe.

He became the first American chief of design of BMW in 1992, where he designed the Z9 Gran Turismo concept car. His styling themes have generated intense controversy among automotive designers, and have often had a polarizing effect.

Bangle left BMW on Feb. 2 “to pursue his own design-related endeavors beyond the auto industry.”

At a press event here today, Bangle would not comment on his future plans. But Klaus Draeger, BMW’s development head, said: “He’s going to make his own dream come true. He’s going to open his own design studio.”

Bangle said he could not yet talk about his plans but said he would stay in Germany for a little while.

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