If you’ve wondered just what goes into designing a new car, new Geely styling chief Peter Horbury has popped in with a few pointers.
Speaking with industry paper Automotive News, the former Ford and Volvo designer offered an inside look at his work on the upcoming GC9 sedan - and distanced himself, just a little, from the new car.
Horbury has revealed, however, that this is not entirely the case.
“When you join a company, you come near the end of something, part way through something, near the beginning of something. It's an ongoing process,” he said.
“So you join in and say, ‘OK, I probably can't affect that one because its on its way into the dealerships. But this one's still got a year to go, maybe there is some correction needed’.”
Horbury said that by the time he joined the company, the GC9 was at clay-model stage. “It needed some finishing, let’s say."
Without the benefit of having his own hand-picked design staff, or even a proper working relationship with the existing team, Horbury quickly got to work on improving the GC9’s looks.
“We completely redesigned the front, which was a bit of a smorgasbord of ideas. So we very quickly created a look that we passed on to the next cars - which I have had more input on,” he said.
“On some, we've done the whole clay model in three months, so not a lot of maturation time. It's ‘get it done, get it out’. Now, we're doing cars in proper timetables, so we do have time to think and do a professional job.”
Horbury believes the new sedan will do well, all things considered. “[But] the next ones will be more under my regime, so to say.”
The GC9, which has been spied testing in Melbourne in recent weeks, is believed to be bound for an Australian debut in the coming year.
For now, however, the carmaker - which also owns Volvo, whose S60 underpinnings are featured in this new sedan - has yet to confirm plans for a launch outside of China.