Head of design at Cadillac Buick is to rejoin Vauxhall; part of his brief will be to build joint strategies between Stateside and Europe

Mark Adams is leaving his position of head of design at Cadillac and returning to Vauxhall.

Adams is charged with establishing a better design connection between GM’s Vauxhall and Buick brands. Vauxhall says that with his repatriation Adams will be building joint strategies across the two marques.

One of his first jobs will be making sure the newly facelifted Insignia — which goes on sale in September — is as much of a success as the old model, which won European Car of the Year in 2009.

Adams moved to his previous position as Director of Global Cadillac Buick Design in August last year from Vauxhall, where he was vice president of design for GM Europe. 

While at Vauxhall Adams created the GM Europe Design Centre in Russelsheim and was responisble for designing cars across GM’s Vauxhall,  Saab and Saturn brands. Before joining Vauxhall he held senior design positions with Ford.

Part of Adams' portfolio includes the Adam, Ampera and Astra GTC. While at Cadillac the design he has become most famous for is the CTS saloon.

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27 June 2013

Is he specifically joining Vauxhall? Surely you mean Opel..?


27 June 2013

This has to be nothing but good news for Vauxhall.  In the Adam, Ampera and Astra GTC, which he apparently designed, Vauxhall have produced some of the best looking cars to wear the Vauxhall badge for decades.

I just hope he sorts their messy interiors out - all those little black buttons are not very attractive to look at - simplicity is the key to a harmonious interior - the more you put in there the more confusing it is - the latest Insignia is a definite step in the right direction in this respect, but more still needs to be done to really clean it up and put it at the top of the pile.

Oh, and re  "Is he specifically joining Vauxhall? Surely you mean Opel..?" (above) - why would they say he was re-joining Vauxhall?  I am sure that the good folk at Autocar know the difference between the two.  The reality is he is simply being moved within General Motors, which owns both of them.

27 June 2013

martin_66 wrote:

 

Oh, and re  "Is he specifically joining Vauxhall? Surely you mean Opel..?" (above) - why would they say he was re-joining Vauxhall?  I am sure that the good folk at Autocar know the difference between the two.  The reality is he is simply being moved within General Motors, which owns both of them.

Indeed.

Surely it should be Opel/Vauxhall, as Vauxhall is barely an entity in itself and just a trading name of Opel in the UK.

27 June 2013

...you're sent to Vauxhall.

27 June 2013

'One of the best looking cars to wear the Vauxhall badge for decades' - really, martin_66? If that's the case, why have I seen ONE Adam in Central London since its launch? (And that was a Vauxhall promo car). Astra GTC and Ampera, yes! 

28 June 2013

Andrew Lee wrote:

'One of the best looking cars to wear the Vauxhall badge for decades' - really, martin_66? If that's the case, why have I seen ONE Adam in Central London since its launch? (And that was a Vauxhall promo car). Astra GTC and Ampera, yes! 

Normally I hate anything from Vauxhall, they have been so bland and forgettable for so long, but the current range is really good, the Adam included.  It's definitely one of the best looking small cars around at the moment.  I haven't seen a single Lamborghini Aventador since it went on sale, I suppose it must be utter sh!te, by your logic!

28 June 2013

If the rumours are correct, he could be designing the next DS range and 308.....

30 June 2013

I just hope he sorts their messy interiors out - all those little black buttons are not very attractive to look at - simplicity is the key to a harmonious interior

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