CCotW: BMW GINA (2008)

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A visionary vehicle from Chris Bangle and his team, with a lot of thought-provoking ideas under its (fabric) skin

In June 2008 BMW introduced its new concept car, the GINA Light Visionary Model.

It was a sports car that extended themes first seen on the 2001 X-Coupé and the production BMW Z-4. Designed by Chris Bangle and his team in 2001, the car had been kept secret for over six years.

BMW introduced the car in this way:

“BMW Group Design is not just interested in answering the question of how the car of the future will look but primarily wishes to explore the creative freedom it has to offer. Both of these aspects are affected by the requirements that future cars are expected to meet. All ideas that the GINA Light Visionary Model presents are therefore derived from the needs and demands of customers concerning the aesthetic and functional characteristics of their car and their desire to express individuality and lifestyle.”

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