Frank Saucedo to manage new GM advanced studio
Los Angeles, Jan 6 - Frank Saucedo, formerly chief designer at Volkswagen of America's Simi Valley, Calif. design center, will manage a new LA studio opened by General Motors.
Saucedo will be directing a staff of more than 30 designers, sculptors, engineers and analysts, charged with providing a West Coast perspective to future GM products. Almost all staff members will come from the concentration of creative talent in southern California and an aggressive recruiting effort is under way.
The LA studio will augment GM design operations in Detroit, Melbourne, Fujisawa, Japan, Ruesselsheim, Germany and Trollhattan, Sweden.
Saucedo, 38, has extensive credits in automotive design, including international experience at General Motor's Russelsheim studio, where he worked on various Opel products, such as the Corsa, Tigra, Astra, and Omega. Also included in his credits are several movie vehicle projects.
Prior to his time at VW, Saucedo was the chief designer at General Motor's Advanced Concepts Center in Newbury Park, Calif. While at ACC, Saucedo contributed concepts for the current Corvette and CK Pickup, as well as many other designs.
Saucedo graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in industrial and transportation design. He is married with two children and resides in Ventura County, Calif.
Source: General Motors.