One of the automotive communities most controversial designers is speaking up.
And according to him, the latest designs aren't charting new territory. In fact, they're holding back what could be.
You may have heard the name: Chris Bangle. He's known for transforming the BMWs of the early 2000s into some of the most controversial and interesting designs. Though many found them to be completely vulgar the reality is that BMW actually moved more units. More sales = happy client.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bangle takes some swipes at the industry. But, if anything, I think now more than ever automotive designs are cleaner, intriguing and in most cases quite fitting. And considering Bangle's lasting impression was the "Bangle butt," I am not so sure he's onto something.
That said, I'll leave it to you.
Is Chris Bangle RIGHT or WRONG? Is Automotive design heading in the RIGHT direction or should we be embracing a much more different era of design?
In an interview with Automotive News Europe [Chris] Bangle said car designers are stuck in a phase he terms "mannerism," relying on much the same approaches and elements that they have in the past.
"There is a real need for a change and that's just not happening," he said...
"Even concept cars today simply anticipate the next production model coming down the line. Is this innovation? No. And at the end of the day this is what's preventing car design from moving into a new era," Bangle said...