David Hilton joins Karma Automotive

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Following two informative years in China working for GAC, David Hilton has joined California-based Karma Automotive as senior design director global designs. Car Design News caught up with him on the eve of his appointment

A well-respected designer who has plied his trade in Europe and China, David Hilton has traded GAC for luxury Californian-based Karma Automotive with his appointment as senior design director global designs. Car Design News spoke to the designer about his experiences and lessons from Shanghai and what he was looking to bring to his new company. 

Car Design News: When you look back at your time at GAC, what were the achievements you were most proud of?

David Hilton: Co-creating the brand pillars for design and engineering, and of course the ENO.146 aero concept. Being immersed in China with the Chinese brands is a definite must for designers in our business today. It’s a very different scenario to the western world. As the largest global market, it is essential to get to know the products and brands in China deeply. I am grateful to have had my years there to learn and innovate.

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