Australian Mike Simcoe has had a hand in shaping many vehicles familiar in North America.
Australian Mike Simcoe, 58, begins taking over for Ed Welburn on May 1 as vice president of design for General Motors, a job with global responsibility.
Although stationed overseas for much of his 33 years with GM, Simcoe has had a hand in shaping many vehicles familiar in North America.
Here’s a look at some of his work.
Holden SSX concept
This V-8, all-wheel-drive car looks like a four-door sedan but is actually a five-door hatchback. It debuted on the auto show circuit in 2002.
Buick Sceptre concept
Built in 1992, the Sceptre contributed its overall rear-end treatment to the 1997 Buick Regal.
This one almost came stateside wearing a Pontiac badge. It was shown as the G8 Sport Truck at the 2008 New York auto show, but it died along with the Pontiac division a year later.
Holden Cross 8 concept
Think of this vehicle as a four-door, all-wheel-drive El Camino. This 2005 model sports a 6.0-liter V-8.
Pontiac G8 GXP
Retired GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz says the G8’s lines and proportions are better than those of the BMW 7 series.
Simcoe’s biggest hit in North America. The reborn pony car went on sale in 2010, echoing the general look of the 1969 Camaro without being a retro car. It led the segment in sales from 2010 to 2014, until the redesigned Mustang debuted.
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