Turning east

“There are now more auto designers in Shanghai than in any other city in the world, including Detroit and LA”


David Hilton, head of design at GAC Motor in Guangzhou, tells the Wall Street Journal that Shanghai has become a magnet for design talent from overseas. Hilton, whose grandfather founded Oldsmobile in the nineteenth century, joined GAC from UK-based Bentley. The WSJ names seven other top international car designers who quit multinationals to work for Chinese auto brands, with Hilton saying the best foreign designers can make in China double what they earn in the US.

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