Top GM designer Dave Lyon unexpectedly left the automaker on Thursday, just days before he was due to direct design operations for Opel/Vauxhall. Lyon held a broad work portfolio at The General, including the design of the Cadillac XTS interior, the alignment of Opel vehicles with Buick‘s modern design language, as well as a significant role in the interior design of the Chevy Volt. Most recently, Lyon executed methods to fit high-tech infotainment and connectivity systems such as Cadillac CUE, Chevrolet MyLink, and Buick/GMC IntelliLink into the interiors of GM vehicles.
Lyon, 43, holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in transportation design from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He joined GM in 1990 and headed design operations at GM Asia Pacific from 2004-2007. He was promoted from his most recent position of North American interior design and brand champion for Buick and GMC to vice president of design for GM Europe on June 18 as part of a broader design re-organization — a move that we here at GM Authority found to be a generally positive development. Lyon was expected to begin at his new position at the European design studio on Wednesday, August 1; the reason for his sudden departure is not clear.
The GM Authority Take
Someone must have offered Mr. Lyon a more attractive position… and we’d really like to find out who (or whom).