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Welburn Captures Lifetime Design Achievement Award

He was GM's just sixth-ever design chief.

by on Dec.07, 2017

Ed Welburn shows off the new trophy that will be given to the 2017 North American Car and Truck of the Year winners.

GM’s former chief designer Ed Welburn has been named the recipient of the 2018 Eyes on Deisgn Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award is unique in that the selection is made by the previous winners of the award.

This group includes scores of well-known design executives, including Chris Bangle, Nuncio Bertone, Wayne Cherry, Walter de Silva, Willie G. Davidson, Tom Gale, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Chuck Jordan, Robert Lutz, Syd Mead, Shiro Nakamura, Patrick le Quement, Sergio Pininfarina, Stewart Reed, Peter Schreyer and Jack Telnack.

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The award will be presented to Welburn next June during the annual Eyes on Design weekend, which culminate in the annual automotive design exhibition, held every Father’s Day on the lakefront grounds of the Eleanor & Edsel Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores outside Detroit. (more…)

Buick Avenir, Ford GT Dominate Design Awards

“Get a day job,” says honoree Bob Lutz.

by on Jan.13, 2015

Bob Lutz received the Eyes on Design Catalyst Award this year during the North American International Auto Show.

Domestic automakers dominated the annual Eyes on Design Awards capping two days of product previews at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford’s GT and the Buick Avenir concept were the big winners, though Audi also took home honors for its redesigned Q7 sport-utility vehicle.

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The annual awards ceremony is meant to honor the best in automotive design, something former General Motors “car czar” Bob Lutz described as the “great differentiator” in a world in which vehicles share more and more of the same, underlying technology. (more…)

Ford Pioneers Online Gaming Technology to Raise Quality

Maker connects engineers globally and cuts development time.

by on Dec.16, 2013

Ford is using virtual technology similar to online 3D games to improve the quality of its vehicles.

Ford Motor Co. top executives constantly talk about “One Ford” and how it important it is to the company’s future. In the past, the concept has referenced everything from employee morale to commonizing components.

Now the company has a new meaning for it: 3D ultra-high-definition technology used by engineers and designers around the globe.

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Ford engineers on different continents are using a virtual reality space to collect input from designers and engineers around the world. The objective is to use the high-definition technology to improve quality before vehicles reach the prototype stage in vehicle development. (more…)

Ford Truck Design Boss Schiavone Off to Whirlpool

Latest in a series of senior departures from Ford design.

by on Dec.21, 2009

Ford Truck's Pat Schiavone, who was responsible for the 2009 Ford 1-50, is making a Whirlpool.

There are car guys, truck guys and, it seems, appliance guys.  In a surprising move, the man credited with designing the last three generations of the Ford F-150 is leaving the automaker.

Turnover in the automotive business has been intense, lately, so the departure of Pat Schiavone is, in itself, not entirely a shock.  What is unexpected is his decision to leave the automotive industry entirely.  According to, (ed: where our friend and contributor Mike Levine serves as publisher), Schiavone is on his way to the appliance maker Whirlpool.


We’re having a hard time picturing Schiavone, Ford’s North American Truck and SUV design director, sketching out washing machines and dryers.  He’s spent the last 21 years at Ford, where he not only designed the 2009 F-150, but the 2002 Ford F-350 Tonka Truck and Ford F-150 Lightning Rod concepts.