The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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11. JEAN-PIERRE PLOUE (47, French)
Group design director, PSA Peugeot Citroen
Key cars: Renault Argos, Citroen C4 Picasso

Ploue started at Renault on the acclaimed original Twingo (with Patrick le Quement as chief designer) and then the 1994 Argos -- Renault's TT. In eight years as Citroen's design director, he added flair (C2, current C3, C4, C4 Picasso, and C6) where once there was despair (Xsara, Xantia, etc.). He's been in overall charge of Peugeot and Citroen since 2008. French design future looks bright.

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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