Car Design Review 7: Jonathan Disley, Volvo

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Volvo China’s head of design Jonathan Disley discusses bringing Scandinavian design to the world’s largest car market

We came out to China in 2010 design-wise and I’ve been here since 2015. We started off with a very small team in a nice little studio. Many of the core team are still here. People enjoy working for Volvo. We built up our capabilities and our team plugs into the brand’s main Gothenburg team in Sweden. We connect on a daily basis but their people come out here too. They spend a few months here in China sometimes and our team members also go to Gothenburg to immerse ourselves. We can send them what we’ve done during the day and when we arrive in the morning we get back from Gothenburg what they did during their day. It speeds things up enormously. We have about 32 staff in our China design team but we’re expanding.

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