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    Former BMW design chief Chris Bangle to receive Lifetime Design Achievement Award

    Say what you want about Chris Bangle, there is no denying his impact on the automotive industry. His designs have been controversial and he dragged BMW kicking and screaming into the future but he certainly has had a massive impact. This 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology where a group of automotive design peers chose Bangle as the recipient for 2012. Bangle was with BMW until 2009 and is known most for the E60 5 series and E65 7 series both of which feature the infamous "Bangle Butt." He currently operates his own design studio in Italy. Congratulations to Mr. Bangle for this prestigious design award.

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    What is Ophthalmology have to do with automotive design?
    Some people live long, meaningful lives.

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    I'm not racist, I hate everybody equally; especially fat people.


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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    What is Ophthalmology have to do with automotive design?
    I don't know. Just go with it.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I don't know. Just go with it.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    What is Ophthalmology have to do with automotive design?
    Here, since it has to do with vision they host and eyesondesign car show: http://www.eyeson.org/

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Here, since it has to do with vision they host and eyesondesign car show: http://www.eyeson.org/
    now it all makes sense... Eyes are used to see, design appeals to the eye. Sticky what would I do without you?
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
    Sticky what would I do without you?
    You would likely be bored.

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    Greatfor CB! I like how slowly he convinced the Board of Directors that he and the public saw their cars as a sausage in different sizes, and not only did they make a change in design but a major one. With the BMW design mantra of alternating "revolution followed by evolution" they went revolution two at a time with the E65/E66 7 Series and E60 5 Series and it started with the E53 X5.Even when people were calling for his head and other car designers were laughing, they were copying is style at the same time. Still see his influences in Asian cars today. Like him or not, he is an automotive design visionary. Well done CB. Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by deemo319 Click here to enlarge
    Greatfor CB! I like how slowly he convinced the Board of Directors that he and the public saw their cars as a sausage in different sizes, and not only did they make a change in design but a major one. With the BMW design mantra of alternating "revolution followed by evolution" they went revolution two at a time with the E65/E66 7 Series and E60 5 Series and it started with the E53 X5.Even when people were calling for his head and other car designers were laughing, they were copying is style at the same time. Still see his influences in Asian cars today. Like him or not, he is an automotive design visionary. Well done CB. Click here to enlarge
    Very well said.

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    very nice, congrats to him... i kind of liked his designs...
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    I think he deserves it for having designed the E46. Two generations old now and it still looks like it could be a current design.

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    Bangle didn't design the E46, but he did do the facelift. Bangle was, on the other hand, responsible for how much uglier the E90 is than the E46.I'm mostly joking about the ugly part, his designs are definitely provocative and interesting but I personally prefer BMWs from before and after his era. There's no denying that he deserves this award, though.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Remonster Click here to enlarge
    Bangle didn't design the E46, but he did do the facelift. Bangle was, on the other hand, responsible for how much uglier the E90 is than the E46.I'm mostly joking about the ugly part, his designs are definitely provocative and interesting but I personally prefer BMWs from before and after his era. There's no denying that he deserves this award, though.
    He deserves it simply for his impact. I know of no other designer spoken about as much or as controversial as him. Love him or hate him, he created a revolution.

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    Good for him. With that said, nobody does it better than Ian Callum.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BK63AMG Click here to enlarge
    Good for him. With that said, nobody does it better than Ian Callum.
    Callum certainly deserves more credit for what he has done with Jaguar. His designs are far more pleasing and less controversial. He has managed to pull Jaguar into the future without all the criticism that Bangle saw. That said, he has not had the impact Bangle has. I do agree the guy is damn good.

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