Breaking news: Chris Bangle has resigned from his post as head of design at BMW. Love him or hate him, this is big news.
According to Car Design News:
BMW today announced that Chris Bangle is resigning from his position as Head of Design for the BMW Group. Bangle will be handing over his post to current Head of BMW Automobile Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, when he leaves the company to pursue his own design-related endeavors outside the auto industry. Bangle has worked closely with van Hooydonk at BMW Group Design Development for nearly 17 years.
Over the years numerous (and often controversial) concept and production vehicle designs have been developed under Bangle’s leadership. As well as the 3, 5 and 7 Series, he and his teams were responsible for the design of a range of other BMW models, including the Z3, Z4 and Z8 sports cars, the X3, X5 and X6 SUVs, and the new 6 Series and 1 Series model ranges. Other developments under Bangle’s auspices include the new Mini range, Rolls-Royce models and a number of innovative motorcycle concepts. During his tenure, Bangle was also instrumental in building the company’s consultancy subsidiary, DesignworksUSA, into a global design agency for leading international brands operating within a wide variety of industries.