Well into the first decade of the new millennium, Changchun, China, was Volkswagen’s Siberia. When someone was transferred to the frigid city in Northern China, the others inevitably asked: “What did you do?”
It looks like Opel is quickly becoming GM’s Siberia, and people rather desert than going. On June 18, Dave Lyon was promoted vice president of design for GM Europe. Next Wednesday, he was supposed to start his job as head of GM’s design studio in Germany. Instead of going, Lyon left the company.
Lyon, says the Detroit Free Press, was “one of General Motors’ highest-ranking designers.” His work “at GM included the widely praised interior of the new 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan, making Buick’s transition to a modern global design theme consistent with GM’s European Opel brand, and small crossovers to broaden GMC’s lineup. He also played a significant role in designing the interior of the Chevrolet Volt.”
It is not clear why Lyon left, but, says the Freep, his “departure is the latest blow to Opel/Vauxhall, which have endured management and labor turmoil as Europe’s economy totters.”