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Porsche's head of design is to step down and will be replaced by the chief designer at Sweden's Saab, part of General Motors.

Netherlands-born Harm Lagaay, 57, will retire on July 1. He had been responsible for the design of all Porsche models since 1989, including the Cayenne, which marked a break from Porsche's traditional, low-slung sports vehicles.

The car has powered recent profits growth at Porsche, the world's most profitable carmaker in terms of margins, accounting for more half of its sales in the six months to January 31 this year.

Wendelin Wiedeking, Porsche's chief executive, said Mr Lagaay's "design philosophy and skill have made a major contribution to the high standing of the 911, Boxster and Cayenne on all the world markets and therefore to the success of the company as a whole".

His successor is Michael Mauer, 41, a German who joined Saab as executive director responsible for design in June 2000. Colleagues say his style is identified with concept cars such as the 9-3X - described by Mr Mauer as an "offroader/coupé cross-over" and the 9-3 Sport Hatch unveiled at last September's automotive show in Frankfurt.

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Porsche ought to go out and get Chris Bangle. That way he can screw up that legendary brand, too.
 

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Originally posted by powervette@May 11 2004, 07:47 AM
the designer of the ugliest SUV in the planet will be working for GM???

Cayenne :plasma:
Wait! You forgot the Aztek! LOL
 

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Originally posted by vanshmack@May 11 2004, 04:10 PM
Porsche ought to go out and get Chris Bangle.  That way he can screw up that legendary brand, too.
its funny because BMW's designs are far superior to that of any of GM's. Jesus, its like they are going in reverse. Back to the 80's! :flush:
 

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Originally posted by phishndave+May 11 2004, 12:16 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (phishndave @ May 11 2004, 12:16 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-vanshmack@May 11 2004, 04:10 PM
Porsche ought to go out and get Chris Bangle.  That way he can screw up that legendary brand, too.
its funny because BMW's designs are far superior to that of any of GM's. Jesus, its like they are going in reverse. Back to the 80's! :flush: [/b][/quote]
Styling is very subjective, but even the boring cookie-cutter look of many GM sedans is far and away better than the bizarre designs BMW is pedalling in their new 5,6, and 7 series.

They looked like they were designed by Virgil Exner on crack.

Oh, and don't forget the abortion that is iDrive. That's not Bangle's fault, but it's just another sign that BMW isn't what it used to be.
 

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Originally posted by vanshmack+May 11 2004, 12:12 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (vanshmack @ May 11 2004, 12:12 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>
Originally posted by [email protected] 11 2004, 12:16 PM
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@May 11 2004, 04:10 PM
Porsche ought to go out and get Chris Bangle.  That way he can screw up that legendary brand, too.

its funny because BMW's designs are far superior to that of any of GM's. Jesus, its like they are going in reverse. Back to the 80's! :flush:
Styling is very subjective, but even the boring cookie-cutter look of many GM sedans is far and away better than the bizarre designs BMW is pedalling in their new 5,6, and 7 series.

They looked like they were designed by Virgil Exner on crack.

Oh, and don't forget the abortion that is iDrive. That's not Bangle's fault, but it's just another sign that BMW isn't what it used to be. [/b][/quote]
Yup, BMW's no longer the performance "god" that it used to be. iDrive is horrible and every other manufacturer has added high-output VVT engines to their lineup while BMW still uses 220HP inline-6s. Add VVT and they'll be great to drive. But hey! If Acura can extract 270HP from a SOHC 3.2L V6 and 300HP from a SOHC 3.5L V6, there's little doubt in my mind that BMW can't do it too.
 

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I will never forgive Germans what they did to Porsche ,even now when they changed the front lights in 911 to classic ones,
Cayenne&2008 Porsche Sedan&AZTEK :plasma:


CORVETTE
:rolleyes:
 
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