Chris Bangle, chief of design at BMW, has proven to be a controversial figure in the auto world. Here are a few articles that consider his influence.
The sculpture below is by Umberto Boccioni entitled: Unique Form of Continuity in Space (1913). The piece served an as inspiration for Bangle and reference can be seen in the form language of many of the latest BMW models.
Fast Company Article
Bussiness Innovation Insider Article