The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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10. FREEMAN THOMAS (53, American)
Director of strategic design, Ford
Key cars (and bike): VW New Beetle, 2000 Audi TT, Dodge Tomahawk, Ford Start

An unsung legend and longtime J Mays collaborator, Thomas has been behind a wide variety of cars, from the Audi TT and VW Beetle concepts to the wonderfully nut-job 500-hp Dodge Tomahawk show bike, the Chrysler 300C, and the future-facing 2010 Ford Start concept. Visionary.

Having owned six Audi Quattros in a row, I buy the cars primarily because of their rally-bred excellence in all weather driving---BUT putting an Italian designer in charge of the shiny bits! It's a great combination--German AWD technology on the inside and Italian flair for the stuff that shows on the outside.
Peter Schreyer ranked at 16 is like saying Paul McCartney is ranked behind Taupin, Wilson, Harrison, Morrison, Berry, Lennon, Springsteen, Simon, and Dylan, in that order,. which he would be not. Come on,. company set-aside,. Schreyer was a an insurrectionist among that list, barring two, ARGUABLY.

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