Obviously, interior design on any given automobile is finalized some time before the car in question sees production, but in the case of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the cabin has actually been finished for a full 2 years already.
So says Inside EVs, who wrote a piece about one Mr. John McDougall, presently the Creative Interior Designer for General Motors. McDougall revealed that in actual fact, the process of selecting an interior for the 2016 Volt started as far back as 2010. All things considered however, design is one of the first steps in a future product program, so don’t let this take you aback into thinking that this isn’t normal.
Initially, GM tapped designers from around the globe to contribute multitudes of proposal sketches. “Then, they narrow it to 10 to 15 designs,” says McDougall. “When they select the top three designs, they make full-scale models in clay and from there they select the theme.”
After further refining the theme for about 18 months, it’s time for the actual design work. “Every little thing you can imagine goes into that. The glare angle from the windows, the placement of the controls, the placement of the seat. You have to create something that’s beautiful and functional,” McDougall says.
The end result is several steps above the interior found in the first-generation Chevrolet Volt. And, according to John McDougall, all but certain to pull buyers away from more mainstream and conventional vehicles such as the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.