Polaris hires experienced GM designer for off-road division

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Clay Dean has been appointed senior director of design for Polaris’ off-road division

It’s been a couple of weeks since any major job news in car design which, based on the current pace of turnover, feels more like years. The latest placement involves ex-General Motors and Under Armour designer Clay Dean, who has landed a senior design position at Polaris.

Those in the automotive industry will no doubt be familiar with the Slingshot – a three-wheeler track-focussed sports car that sits in a similar spot to the likes of the Caterham Seven or KTM X-Bow – but Polaris also counts a host of other vehicles under its portfolio, including snowmobiles, speed boats, motorcycles and off-road adventure buggies, quadbikes and scramblers.

It is this segment that Dean will be handling in his new role as senior director of design, taking on brands like the Polaris RZR (“razor”) produced by the Off-Road Vehicle Design team based in Medina, Minnesota.

It comes at a time where…

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