This Is Chris Bangle’s Idea For A Chinese City Car

What do leading car designers do after they’ve made a name for themselves? Why, design quirky city cars, of course! That’s what Gordon Murray‘s doing, and now Chris Bangle is as well.

The name carries a lot of weight in the industry, especially among Bimmerfiles who remember the unusual designs Bangle penned while serving as BMW’s chief creative officer.

With his BMW days now long behind him, Bangle has designed an oddball city car for the Chinese market. Called the REDS, the urban commuter is set to be produced by electric truck manufacturer CHTC Group.

According to Autocar, the REDS measures less than three meters long, making it smaller than the original Mini. It also boasts a tighter turning circle than the decidedly nimble Smart Fortwo, but sits taller and narrower.

The vehicle is to be motivated by an as-yet undisclosed electric powertrain, with a solar panel on the roof to help keep it topped up. The REDS is also designed for flexibility while parked, with a 17-inch infotainment screen, fold-down table, and swiveling seats to turn it into a glass living room when it’s not moving.

Somewhat ironically named for a Communist country, the REDS is expected to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show this week, so watch this space for more.

Photo Gallery

  • Finkployd


  • XtremWize

    It’s a joke right?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Good..Keep it in China. THIS is why Chinese companies don’t steal designs from Chinese companies.

    And really? “The name carries a lot of weight in the industry, especially among Bimmerfiles” THAT’S the line you’re going with? “Carries a lot of weight” is what you meant to say? I know I’m sure most of you guys at Carscoops were still in middle school during his tenure at BMW, so I can’t be too critical but….

    carry a lot of weight
    verb phrase

    To be important; have authority

    He was loathed by “Bimmerfiles”

    • Gullet

      This time they stole the design from a random kindergarten.

  • Marshall Boyce

    Remember when Bangle used to go around auto shows making fun of other designs?

  • cannot be unseen.

  • Toronado_II

    A desesperate way to get attention.

  • Dalibor Milic

    For Christ sake Chris stop b(m)angling cars

  • Bash


  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    [email protected]%k it’s horrible!

  • Gerald Michael

    How many strikes is this?

    • Blackwater

      All of em!

  • Enter Ranting

    Hilarious. Like I needed any more proof that Bangle is a self-obsessed, talentless hack.

  • SteersUright


The Koenigsegg Regera Is A 1,500 HP Single-Gear Torque Monster

A twin-turbo V8 and no less than three electric motors are mated to a revolutionary transmission.

Army Green Wide-Body Audi RS6 Avant Is Ready For The Apocalypse

This matte green RS6 comes from South Africa and has been fitted with many custom parts.

Toyota Could Kill Off Some U.S. Models If Trump Enforces Tariffs

Depending on Trump’s decision, some might be produced locally while others could be withdrawn.

Breaking: Sergio Marchionne Out As FCA And Ferrari CEO Following Complications With Surgery

Marchionne’s condition has “worsened significantly in recent hours” .

Is $65,000 Crazy Money For A 2019 Ram 1500 Truck?

The Ram 1500 Limited is the nameplate’s flagship version, costing as much as a base-spec Porsche Cayenne.

Trade Secrets From GM, Toyota, Tesla, More Exposed After Data Breach

Anyone with an internet connection and some knowledge could access sensitive information.

Bugatti Recalls Two Chirons, Will Fly The Seats To France To Fix The Airbags

Bugatti goes to great lengths to ensure it takes good care of its vaunted customers, .

Ken Block’s Ford Escort RS Cosworth Destroyed By Fire After Rally Crash

Ken Block’s Ford Escort is no more, but thankfully both he and his co-driver got out without any injuries.

New BMW X5 Makes Dynamic Video Debut In Official Launch Film

The fourth-gen X5 is more mature and versatile than ever and is priced closely to its predecessor .

Dark Blue 2019 Aston Martin Vantage Cuts A Dash On The Streets Of Montreal

It might not look as elegant as its predecessor, but it sure is a lot more aggressive .