The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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12. LOWIE VERMEERSCH (36, Belgian)
Design director, Pininfarina
Key cars: Nido, Maserati Birdcage 75th, Ferrari 458 Italia

Rising to director of the revered Italian design house in 2007 at just 33, Vermeersch has been involved in stunning production Ferraris, awesome concepts (Nido, Sintesi, 2uettottanta), mainstream cars for emerging brands (Brilliance, Chery, and Tata), plus confidential work for established carmakers. As Vermeersch puts it, he acts "as a sparring partner to give new ideas and an outside view." Vital.

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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