David Lyon will become the new vice president, design, for GM Europe, effectively becoming the new design chief for Opel/Vauxhall.
Lyon will have to tweak his model stylings to more European tastes as he is moving to lead Vauxhall’s design from Buick and GMC in the US. He has created interiors and exteriors for both production and concepts for Chevrolet, Buick, Holden, GMC and Cadillac.
Previous Vauxhall design boss Mark Adams is moving to the US to head up Cadillac and Buick design.
Adams started Vauxhall’s new design direction with the Insignia in 2009 and also developed the Meriva, Astra, Ampera, Zafira Tourer and the Astra GTC.
Lyon will get to make his mark on models developed after the Opel/Vauxhall Adam Mini rival which was designed by Darren Luke and Adams.
His portfolio of production and concept vehicles includes the Chevrolet Spark, Buick Enclave (which began the brand’s resurgence), LaCrosse, Verano and Riviera concepts; as well as the Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle, Corvette, Cadillac CTS, Escalade and Silverado.