Jens Meiners' May 23 column, "Rest in peace, German auto design," is absolutely correct.
There are a lot of car designers who, like me, worked in Germany and know that the design aesthetic that attracted us to seek employment with German car companies is gone.
I write and illustrate "Design Appraisal" articles and posters for Mercedes-Benz and BMW car club magazines.
It's getting harder and harder for me to say anything nice about those companies' new direction.
The Mercedes CLS in particular is a good design - but it's a good Asian design.