Experienced designer to leave Volvo to take up role with Chinese parent company
2 November 2011

Volvo design chief Peter Horbury will move to parent brand Geely as senior vice president of design, it has been announced.

Although both Volvo and Geely are owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, they run separate design departments.

In a statement Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said: “Peter Horbury has played a very important role for Volvo’s design during a long period of time and has a legendary position in the automotive world. I wish him all success in his new role within Geely Group.”

Said Li Shufu, chairman of Geely Group and Volvo, said: “I am delighted that Peter Horbury has accepted the offer to lead the design development of the Geely Group brands into the future. His vast experience in the industry will be key for the future success of Geely Group’s products.”

Horbury, 61, started work with Volvo in 1991 before moving to Ford’s Premier Automotive Group in 2002, working on Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo designs.

In 2004 he became executive director of design at Ford, before returning to Volvo in 2009 to assume the role of vice president design.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic