Kloos takes charge at M-B in Italy
Verlene Kloos has been named the new head of Mercedes-Benz's advanced design studio in Como, Italy. She took up the position on January 1. Kloos was formerly assistant to Andreas Langenbeck, head of the color and trim department at Mercedes-Benz Design in Sindelfingen, Germany. Kloos replaces Hans-Harald Hanson, head of the Como studio since it opened in 1997.
Much of the work carried out at Como is devoted to interior design, color and trim research. It is one of Mercedes-Benz's four advanced design centers. The others are based in Sindelfingen, Irvine, California and Yokohama, Japan. The head of each center reports to Harald Leschke, head of Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design.
Saab styling job remains vacant
Saab Automobile has split the management duties in its styling department following the departure of chief designer Einar Hareide last October.
Former Volvo Car Corp. engineer Marek Stahl, 53, has been named operations manager. He was recently recruited to Saab after spending most of his career in various engineering positions at Volvo.
The top styling job at Saab is still vacant. Hareide, who oversaw both styling and administration in the department, left to become a partner in a new design firm.
GM plans design center in Milan
General Motors is reported to be planning to open an advanced design studio in Italy, following the example of Mercedes-Benz in Como. The studio, to be based in Milan, would monitor design trends in areas such as fashion, furniture, textiles and materials. Peter Davis, 43, is believed to be in line to run the new studio.
Davis, a native American, spent 11 years in Italy working with Fiat Auto where he served as design director for the Fiat brand. Last year Davis left Italy to become interior design executive at GM in Detroit, reporting to William Scott, director of interior design quality. A GM Italy spokesman was unable to comment.
Ford to open London studio
LONDON - Ford has announced it is to build a euro 32 million design center here. J Mays, Ford group vice president for design, said he wants the studio to be 'a standalone icon as one of the few design centers not attached to a factory or engineering establishment.' The center, which will be fully operational by summer 2001, will have a staff of 30 styling specialists. Part of the studio will be open to the public, and it will have its own restaurant and conference facilities.
Mays, who is based in the USA, said: 'London sets the design standard in Europe much as New York does over here.' He said he wanted staff at the studio to look at new ideas in fashion and architecture and apply them to car design.