Chris Bangle's latest novel idea is, in fact, an actual novel. The designer has penned fiction tome called Peter Teufel, A Tale of Car Design in 3 Parts.
There's more to the work than Bangle laying out a potential future of transportation via the Teufel character's story. The prologue contains descriptions of six different kinds of vehicles, and Bangle wants readers to draw those concepts and submit them. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the studios of Chris Bangle Associates (CBA) in Italy or €2,000. Ten other winners will have their designs showcased on the CBA site and published in the second edition of the book.

A cynic might suggest that this is merely a ploy to get readers, but you can read and open to "design students of all disciplines" who are not paid professionals.


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      Chris Bangle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy my book.
      dave and mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everybody hates him; but everybody in car design copied him. Hmmm.
        Hyundai owner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        No, he copied Hyundai's design languages time to time. I'm guessing he has paid attention to what Koreans have done. No wonder he now works for Samsung Electronics.
      Hyundai owner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bangle butt? that was shown on numerous Hyundais a long time ago, hahaha. No body side molding? Look at the 1996 Elantra; this car was the true innovation, introducing so many 21st century design concepts in the 20th century. He stole numerous Hyundai designs(2000 Sonata, XG300, etc...) and got all the credits whether they're good or not. Kia's Peter Shreyer rules, BTW. Hahaha.
        BDolman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hyundai owner
        its funny how that car looks almost exactly like a1993 Dodge Neon, hyundai ripped off everyone and made a shitty car
      DeanStevenson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think he's an incredible designer. He's had a huge influence on the modern automobile. I for one am a big fan. He and Peter Schreyer are two of my favorites through the rich history of the auto industry.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      That pompous douche can write? Now i've seen it all.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whether you liked his designs or not there is no Denying that Chris Bangle has been the greatest influence on car design since the 02 7 series.
      pngrant54
      • 2 Years Ago
      He has had, I think, a positive influence on automotive design. So many car makers are doing the scaloped design on the doors and side fenders now. I never really got his BMW designs, however. What was especially odd were his rear end designs for the 5,6, and 7 series. Never the less he shook up the design establishment which can only be a good thing. I think though that BMW is reverting back to it's old generic design language with each model change.
        Shaglounge
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pngrant54
        Bangle is better designing toasters than cars, anybody that has to "explain" why their cars look good obviously doesn't get design. Cartoonish and hideous. The same look on the TR7 was a fail, and as far as "surface tension" goes, Exner did it back in the late 50's with the same results.
          Shaglounge
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shaglounge
          #illnever tell Who the hell are you, internet censorship Stasi? "I'm not defending Bangle.." well apparently you are. Instead of trolling other peoples comments try reading a book, or a magazine on the topic. January CAR magazine for a start. If design was about generating profit only, then Bangle is a win
          illnever tell
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Shaglounge
          Says the be all end all Grand Poobah of car design and aesthetics. I'm pretty sure that the ridiculous number of people that bought the 7 series after his redesign didn't have anything explained to them. Design is mostly only slight changes to existing ideas. There are not many truly original design elements. It's how you put it all together that matters. I'm not defending Bangle's designs so much as I'm disagreeing with you. You don't like his designs and that's fine but who are you to say that they are most definitely cartoonish and hideous?
      MazdaSpeeder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does every page of this book have bizarre creases as part of the design language?
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      he was both a blessing and a curse for bmw. sadly nothing changed with van hooydonk
      Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad he's not still at BMW. I would love to see how his designs progressed. Love them or hate them, they were instantly recognizable. And the sold, check the figures. Current cars have no style. They are so generic looking I can't imagine anyone buying one.
      stevenh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if it has a big back cover?
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      He's gone and still influencing design today. Everybody copied his designs. That's how you measure importance. This guy is right up there with the greatest of all time easy. And ferrairis lately do look like sh$t.
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