Stefan Lamm, Ford of Europe's exterior design chief, joins the Spanish firm from Ford
18 December 2014

Spanish car firm Seat has appointed Stefan Lamm as its new head of exterior design. He will commence his new role on 1 February next year.

Lamm switches to Seat from Ford where he spent 10 years in charge of exterior design and was later head of exterior design at Ford of Europe.

He has played a key role in the 'kinetic' design seen on recent Fords and can count models such as the S-Max, Focus RS Mk2 and Evos concept car on his CV.

He worked closely with Ford of Europe chief designer Martin Smith in that period. Smith left the role this summer, however, with Joel Piaskowski taking over in his place in a wider shake-up of Ford design that also resulted in the departure of company design chief J Mays at the end of 2013. He was replaced by Moray Callum. 

Lamm will replace Jorge Diez, who has moved within the Volkswagen Group to become head of automotive concept design at Audi.

Lamm, who in his new role will be reporting directly to Seat's head of design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, started his career at Opel before switching to Ford.

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18 December 2014
Probably good news for Ford, who's styling has been rather stagnant for a while now, but maybe not such good news for Seat?

18 December 2014
With the current same again styling on recent Fors over the years I believe this is a positive move by Ford. Maybe we would see some fresh and innovative designs to match their obvious step up in quality and performance. Ford is simply better off in this regard..

18 December 2014
With the current same again styling on recent Fords over the years I believe this is a positive move by Ford. Maybe we would see some fresh and innovative designs to match their obvious step up in quality and performance. Ford is simply better off in this regard..

18 December 2014
It's just as well Autocar's website IT guys don't service their cars, otherwise they would come back with bits broken and other bits missing! Any update on when it is going to be fixed?

18 December 2014
Daniel Joseph wrote:

It's just as well Autocar's website IT guys don't service their cars, otherwise they would come back with bits broken and other bits missing! Any update on when it is going to be fixed?

I am not even aware that the 'new look' website is any better (or any different)
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18 December 2014
Daniel Joseph wrote:

It's just as well Autocar's website IT guys don't service their cars, otherwise they would come back with bits broken and other bits missing! Any update on when it is going to be fixed?

Are you referring to the problems over the last couple of days? I don't know whether its just me, but these comments and articles are all over the place at the moment, with random dates, and even if there are more than one page of comments it just appears that every page is just the same? Posting a comment seems problematical too...

18 December 2014
It seems only the first page of 'comments' can be viewed. Also, unable to logout after posting the last comment. Anyone else having the same problem I wonder?

19 December 2014
Expect Seats with Aston Martin style grilles, but otherwise looking suspiciously like the previous generation?

19 December 2014
Good morning guys. I'm relieved to hear it's not just me! I'm also experiencing all the problems you describe and cannot view my profile or track my posts. This has been going on since the website maintenance (!) earlier in the week. I suppose Autocar's IT guys will eventually get it fixed... In the meantime, Happy Christmas to all at Autocar and all the contributors to the website, who make it so enjoyable to follow.

19 December 2014
Strange move… excluding the forthcoming Mondeo which I think looks great, I've always felt that Ford's exterior design is what let their cars down whereas SEAT's cars have been probably the better designed from the VW range, especially recently as the new Leon looks far better than the A3 or Golf alternatives.

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