By Andy Bannister
Last week’s news that Chris Bangle is leaving BMW to pursue a design career outside the auto industry once again raised the debate about whether his one-of-a-kind styling influence has helped or hindered the prospects of the German company.
Most commentators didn’t refer, however, to his work before joining BMW. Bangle started in a low-key way at Opel before transferring to Fiat, where he was heavily involved in the look of one of that company’s seminal products of the 1990s – its ground breaking Coupé, invariably dubbed a “baby Ferrari”.
A true one-off product which burst on the scene at the Brussels Motor Show in 1993, the Coupé was a glorious return to form for Fiat, which was once the master of this niche of the market, but had been effectively absent for well over a decade. Continue Reading →