The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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VP corporate design, Renault
Key cars: 2001 Ford Escape, Mazda Nagare and Ryuga

Having gained global experience from a series of superb concepts for Mazda and Ford, van den Acker had some big shoes to fill in 2009 when he took over for Patrick le Quement, who had been at Renault for twenty-two years. Reporting directly to chief operating officer Patrick Pelata, van den Acker is now in charge of the Renault and Dacia brands and has some 460 staff spread across three continents. He has been tasked by Pelata to make "great cars." Improving on current dull Renaults shouldn't be hard, but being allowed to vent his full design creativity within a business needing surefire sales hits might be.

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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