In pictures: Bangle's BMWs
'Brave' appointment

Bangle has been a controversial figure - admired by some, reviled by others. "BMW was one of the most conservative manufacturers in the world in terms of design," says Steve Fowler, editor of What Car? magazine. "It took a lot of courage from the BMW board to appoint Chris Bangle in the first place." He led BMW's foray into SUVs.

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