Dave Lyon won't be taking over as head of design for Opel and Vauxhall after all. The Detroit Free Press reports the designer abruptly left General Motors last week for unknown reasons, just days before he was supposed to step into his new role. The defection is the latest in a string of management upsets at the two marques. Earlier this month, Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke departed to assume other duties within GM, opening the door for Steve Girsky to step into the role for the time being.

Lyon joined GM in 1990 and worked as the executive director of GM Asia Pacific design before transitioning to his post as head of North American interior design. He was instrumental in penning the cabin of the 2013 Cadillac XTS and the Chevrolet Volt. He also helped steer Buick toward greater design consistency with Opel. The new position would have made him vice president of design for GM Europe.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      WTF?! I actually had him as an instructor years ago and he was definitely one of the ones that seemed the most level-headed. Seems like a pretty prestigious position to simply... shun. I'd love to see where this goes. But then again, we'll probably never hear the reasons.
      MrWhopee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smart people bailed out of a sinking ship...
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Opel has turned into a grave yard for GM execs. Has anyone started an Opel sale deathwatch?
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it me or does GM's ship seem to be taking on water again. Yesterday I read that 93% of GM buyers are subprime, now this. Hmmm.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another GM/GM sub employee leaves abruptly. Hummm, besides a select few vehicles, I can see why their brands are crappy.
        dohc73
        • 2 Years Ago
        @protovici
        You should read the latest article that Autoblog just posted above this article if you think a car company is doing crappy. Here: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/30/falcon-future-unsure-as-ford-expected-to-cease-au-manufacturing/
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know we'll never hear about the real reason this has happened, but having such a tumultuous environment is not very encouraging. Maybe its the guy at the top that is the problem, but having executives leaving like this is not good for moral, nor is it good for improving your products. If this guy was indeed one of the reasons that GM interiors have improved dramatically over the last couple of years, then this is a pretty big loss.
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        80% or higher of what you see come out 'new' was probably set in place before bankruptcy. That is only starting to transition over to post-bankruptcy in a big way starting now overlapping for the next couple of years.
      Jerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, he was a pretty cool guy. Sad to see him go. Probably lost all hope when he saw the Opel Adam.
        DaysGone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerry
        Yes, the Opel Adam is a poor design. The real problem here is Mark Adams. When Dave Lyon arrived at Opel and saw the new products Mark and his team created, he realized that they weren't up to par and would not be able to save the company but it was also too late to fix them. That's already more than enough reason to leave, besides he already has another job lined up elsewhere.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hackerson strikes again. I just know when the real story comes out with these recent departures, it will have Akerson's ego all over it. His "car guys bankrupted GM" comment speaks volumes of how little this guy knows and how arrogant he is in lieu of that ignorance. The only thing I agree with him on is the government jselling their shares and taking the loss. It's not a big deal at this point, the jobs were saved and the company has been in the black for over two years. Stock prices don't indicated actual performance in this day and age, Wall Street is fickle and they won't let GM win until the government sells. Just do it already.