Bangle wangle angle hits BMW 20/01/2004 08:55 BMW's controversial head of design, Chris Bangle, is apparently on his way out. Bangle is responsible for the radical look of current BMWs like the 7, 6 and 5 Series models. Bangle, an American, was appointed as BMW's head of design about a decade ago and in this time he managed to give most BMW cars a complete new look, which wasn't always favourably accepted by the motoring public. Auto Express now reports that Bangle will leave his hot seat soon after the launch of BMW's new 1 Series Golf rival, for which Bangle is also responsible. Bangle introduced a complete new design trend for the Münich car manufacturer with the latest 7 Series. The same radical look was also given to the Z4, the all-new 6 Series and the 5 Series. He also had a hand in the design of the X3 and the face-lifted X5. The launch of the 1 Series will complete his design overhaul of BMW products. But the 1 Series won't be the last Bangle designed product. The next 3 Series, which is due for launch next year, is currently under development and it is almost sure that Bangle's influence will also be recognisable when this important BMW model makes its appearance.