Maybe, but AutoWeek thinks it's a new X5:mushutofu said:that;s the X3 i believe wit or is it the X5... :roll:
Well, he's now the Chief Design Director (formal title: Director of BMW Group Design) which I believe, effectively means that he has final say on future BMW designs even though he doesn't directly design vehicles now. Remember the "Bangle petition" when the 7-Series came out? I signed it over a year ago. I wonder where it is now on the count. With the Z4, 5-series, x-3, 6-series, 3-series , now X-5, I truly believe that BMW is heading in the wrong design direction from where they were coming from on the previous generations, controversial styling or not. I'm not warming-up to BMW's style, appeal and as always, quality amidst the great vehicles being made today and in the near future.Aleko said:Dang, they have got to execute that joke-of-a-designer Bangle before he runs the company into the ground (or maybe it's too late now :roll: ). Oh well, I guess I'll be hanging on to my E53 X5 for as long as it lasts.
You're correct, he's been with BMW for a while, and yes, he was involved in design of those older models (E39, E46, E53, etc.), however, he was just a designer back then, so I bet most (if not all) of his ideas never made it through higher-ups to see the light of a day. Now that he's in charge, only his ideas are used, and the disastrous release (both visually and functionally) of the current 7 Series and I-Drive was the first ******* child of his leadership, with others to follow (Z4, X3, 5 Series, 6 Series). I couldn't stand his designs back then, and I can't stand them now, so they don't seem to grow on me. I signed that "Stop Bangle" petition as well, but I didn't believe it was going to make any difference. I've been a huge BMW fan for years, and I know many people who have been driving BMWs exclusively for decades, and now they all are either sticking to their current pre-Bangle models, or jumping the ship in favor of other makers. Bangle may have attracted new customers with his "designs", but he sure as heck has lost (and keeps loosing) as many, if not more, of present customers.jwaters943 said:As controversial as he is, he also was heavily involved in the design of the previous 5 series as well as the current X5 and 3 series.
I think they call that "writer's block". ::roll: What a waste.jwaters943 said:He at one point (and I'm paraphrasing) stated that BMW had pretty much attained near-perfect design and that their current styling themes had pretty much evolved as far as they could.
LOL, I recall his comment on "perfect design evolution." So, this means that he wants to break it down and start all over again in a completely different direction as BMW designs had come to an end? A truly self-serving statement given his influence on future BMW design.particlefx said:I think they call that "writer's block". ::roll: What a waste.jwaters943 said:He at one point (and I'm paraphrasing) stated that BMW had pretty much attained near-perfect design and that their current styling themes had pretty much evolved as far as they could.
I have a 2000 3-series and the design is certainly timeless IMO, but it certainly did not reach the end of it's evolution by a long shot!
Yes, that sounds familiar. I knew someone who was feeling very depressed while studying at a university because he felt everything had already been invented.RU_MATRX said:Didn't a few scientists/ inventors in the early 1900s vehemently state that technology and inventions were nearing an end because we, as a society, had created everything that a human being could possibly need? Sounds like the same lines coming from Bangle.
What's worse is that on I think "autospies" and "bimmer.org," BMW enthusiasts were arguing about the latest pics of the upcoming 3-series. Most commented that the rear lights looked cheap, disproportionate, and copied a KIA ( I agree). Then, you always get the few BMW-loyalists who feel that BMW can do no wrong as long as a vehicle is flying the blue/white propeller badge. A few stated that they "absolutely loved" the re-designed lights and that it was a "perfect" update. Whoa, now is that what they mean by blind-loyalty? Check-out the discussion thread here following pics....ahsanrahim said:I completely agree. I've been a huge BMW fan all my life, and currently own a '99 328i, but am switching to the FX35 because I don't like the looks of the new generation of BMWs. The X3 would have been a natural fit for me, but it's downright ugly! I can't believe what they've done to the 7 series, the Z4 and the X3. Only the 5 is still palatable.
Oh well, I guess BMW's loss is Infiniti's gain.