By Gunnar Heinrich
CHRIS BANGLE may now be gone from BMW, but his flame surfaced legacy, thanks to the nature of Bavarian product cycles, will be long-lived.
And as reports surface about the nature of events at BMW that surrounded his resignation, it’s interesting to note that Mr. Bangle’s influence extended well beyond the Roundel.
According to BusinessWeek, “[Bangle] also oversaw the design of BMW’s recent re-do of the MINI Cooper, as well as the MINI Clubman, more so than the design of the original 2000 MINI. And he led the design of the Rolls Royce Phantom after BMW acquired the iconic British brand.”
In the history of “villains” and Mr. Bangle was most certainly reviled by many for the controversial aspects of his work; most notably on the E65/E66 7-Series, not all sport handle-bar mustaches and eat puppies for breakfast.
There’s good mixed in with the bad.
And while the Phantom isn’t Royce’s loveliest work, it is a superior representation of the modern super-luxury chariot. It may just be the most positive point to Chris Bangle’s legacy at BMW.
If BusinessWeek‘s reporting proves accurate, there’s more to Chris Bangle than his detractors (myself included) have focused on.