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Big name designers often skip from one job to another in the automotive world. Chrysler seems to be losing more than its fair share of artistic types, as the Auburn Hills-based automaker has lost two top designers in recent weeks. First, long time design chief Trevor Creed retired. Now Dodge Challenger Concept designer Micheal Castiglione has left for a smaller, more diversified design house. Castiglione has joined Ken Okuyama Design as their chief designer where he will work on everything from eye glasses and furniture to trains and planes. Okuyama also has some automotive interests, including the K.O 7 open wheel and the interesting-looking K.O 8 coupe (above). During his 15-year tenure with the Pentastar, Castiglione's best work came in the form of the Dodge Challenger Concept, but he also worked on the Jeep Compass concept and the Chrysler 300 production car.

[Source: Car Design News]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Shame to see this talent get away. The Challenger and 300 are great cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good riddance to bad rubbish, as one would say.
      He needs to go back to the cranky old fart club of low life activists who are pissed that cars don't look like they did 30-40 years ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yep. Mom wouldn't have edited d*ckhead! My "hate" counters your uninformed "hate"

        • 6 Years Ago
        He did more than "retro" cars you uninformed d*ck-head. Google numerous Chrysler/ Dodge/ Jeep concept cars & see how many times Mike's name pops up

        You will realize you are talkin' from your a$$
        • 6 Years Ago
        Tsk Tsk. Such hate. Do you kis your mother with that mouth?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mike did the Original Jeep Compass Showcar. That car was awesome. It was designed as a 2 door Jeep.

      It was the dumb friggin idiot Trevor Creed that ruined the compass by turning it into a 4 door worthless piece of crap.

      Mike has amazing sketching and design talent that was completely under-utilized by Chrysler management. I just hope the other good designers get out.

      Ralph is Chryslers PR golden child they called up after Nesbitt left. Hmm, what has Ralph really designed... The original Dodge Neon Steering wheel and the interior wash over of the VIPER GTS-R. They moved him into the 300C Studio just before it was launched and gave him the credit for it. How many of you people out there still think that Nesbitt did the PT Cruiser.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agree with you on that design HACK Trevor Creed

        Your neon info is WAY OFF though. Chrysler used to put the designers on U.S. Patent paperwork & Ralph Gilles is NOT on there. Guys credited with the designs of the neon don't get the press Gilles & Nesbitt have. You must be mixing up your black designers... Dave Smith (now at GM) did concepts for the neon.

        Enough people also believe Bryan did the PT... like GM & Lutz who hired him away from Chrysler. Nesbitt then designed the Chevy "PT" (most call it the HHR) even though in interviews he has distanced himself from it. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Spam elsewhere. Be gone!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If he had anything to do with the actually production compass.. thank god he is gone.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If in fact he was, he should be hired again and then fired.
      • 6 Years Ago

      One wonders how Chrysler will design, engineer and market competitive cars and trucks without designers, engineers and marketeers. Probably doesn't matter to money manipulator Cerberus and hardware king Nardelli.