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Lotus Elise S1 designer Julian Thomson will oversee new UK design studio for GM

Former Jaguar design boss Julian Thomson has been announced as director of a new GM Advanced Design Europe studio to be opened in the Midlands at the end of this year.

He has been working under the radar on a feasibility study of the project since January and officially joined in July.

The move is part of GM CEO Mary Barra’s well-publicised plan to get back into Europe’s car markets “in a significant way”, but doing it with GM’s current brands, following the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to Stellantis in 2017.

The former global number-one car maker departed Europe saying it wanted to concentrate on more profitable truck sales, mostly in the US, but it has since decided that it misses having a European influence.

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