The 25 Most Influential Car Designers Working Today

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8. WOLFGANG EGGER (47, German)
Head of design, Audi Group
Key cars: 2002 Seat Ibiza, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

The most Italian German you'll ever meet, Egger studied in Milan and helped Italian Walter de'Silva (now VW Group design boss) "bring the emotion" at Alfa Romeo on the 156, 166, 147, and 8C. He followed de'Silva to Seat and then again to Audi as Group design boss (responsible for Audi and Lamborghini). As a result, he shades Audi brand design chief Stefan Sielaff for influence. A good egg.

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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