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Since 1980 Bernhard Koehler, 44, has shaped more than cars – he has shaped the industry. His rare combination of creative and strategic talents resulted in 3D Design and Business degrees, which the German native first put to work for BMW. There, he met Henrik Fisker. Over the years, Koehler and Fisker would work together in many capacities, for multiple companies, before opening the doors to Fisker Automotive, Inc in 2007. Koehler is responsible for overall operations, including prototype build and manufacturing, vehicle development and the appointment of the Fisker Automotive supplier base for engineering and manufacturing.

In 2005 Koehler partnered with Henrik Fisker to launch Fisker Coachbuild, LLC, to revive the lost art of coachbuilding by combining beautiful design with existing world-class engineering. The result was the Fisker Tramonto, a thrilling two-seat convertible sports car, and the Fisker Latigo CS, an elegant coupe.

In 2004 Koehler was Director of Business and Operations for Ford Motor Company’s Global Advanced Design Studio (CAPC) in Southern California. Experience from his previous position with Ford as the Director for New Business Development at Ingeni, Ford’s London design center, afforded Koehler the move. Responsibilities included meeting revenue targets, as well as Aston Martin’s modeling and operations for design and concept. He and Fisker collaborated on the design and development of the Aston Martin
DB9 and V8 Vantage concept and production cars.

Twenty-two years of Koehler’s career was spent with BMW, starting at BMW Design in Munich. He then moved to BMW’s industrial design subsidiary Designworks/USA in Southern California – as Director of 3D Services and ultimately Director of Operations.

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