The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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Design director, Fiat Group
Key cars: Ferrari 456GT and Enzo, Peugeot 406 coupe

Ramaciotti was coaxed out of retirement to take on the newly created role of head of Fiat Group design in 2007, including responsibility for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth, and Maserati. From 1973 to 2005, he was with Pininfarina, where he was in charge of countless vehicle projects that included standout Ferraris like the 456GT, Enzo, 550 Maranello, and 360 Modena, plus the Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo, as well as more accessible cars like the 1995 Alfa GTV and the stunning Peugeot 406 coupe. He has a pedigree-filled track record, but his influence at Fiat has yet to be fully felt.

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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