It would be difficult to think of anyone in the international automotive industry more admired and reviled as BMW’s design boss, Chris Bangle. Automotive designers at other companies are envious of his job and many detest the now-characteristic look of his design philosophy. Some automotive journalists and enthusiasts believe he irreparably damaged BMW as a carmaker. But not only are the Bangle BMWs (and MINIs and Rolls-Royces) considered rousing sales successes by company execs and competitors alike, some other automakers are adopting much, if not all of the Bangle design philosophy and language. Helluva thing for a guy raised in Wisconsin.