February 4, 2009

Bangle Bustle creator leaves cars behind

German automaker BMW said the creator of the Bangle Bustle, the uplifted trunk space adopted by many car companies, is leaving the automobile industry.

Christopher Bangle, an American in charge of BMW Group Design Development since 1992, is big on epiphanies, BMW U.S. Engineering Vice President Thomas Baloga said, USA Today reported Wednesday.

One has to assume he had an epiphany, concerning his career, Baloga said.

The enlarged, bustle-like trunk design first appeared in 2002 on the 7 Series BMW, the newspaper said. It was widely criticized, then widely copied, although some car companies toned it down to appeal to conventional tastes, the newspaper said.

In effect, he moved the industry, said BMW spokesman Thomas Salkowsky.