By the year 2013, GM’s state-of-the-art design center in Incheon, Korea will employ over 200 employees in charge of a range of GM global vehicle programs, supporting the automaker’s exterior and interior vehicle styling efforts as well as digital design and studio engineering.
GM Korea, one of seven fully integrated design, engineering, and manufacturing operations within GM, is responsible for such global successes as the Chevy Spark, Aveo/Sonic/Barina, and Cruze. It was also GM Korea that — through visualization technologies and advanced design — brought us the beautiful Chevrolet Miray concept car.
GM’s press release was quick to point out that construction of the expanded center will abide by the automaker’s industry-leading environmental design practices, “including the use of innovative building technologies related to energy, water and recycled materials.”
Over the last ten years, General Motors has invested an average of $850 million annually in its Korean operations, and if today’s announcement is any indication — it will continue to do so into the future. In fact, GM will invest an addition $1.27 billion in vehicle engineering and facilities in 2012 alone.