GM’s Tom Peters Talks Design with Autobytel at the 2014 New York Auto Show
Autobytel’s resident design intern Jason Mosery attended the 2014 New York Auto Show, where he had the chance to talk to a particularly important person within the General Motors Ranks. Tom Peters holds an interesting position in the auto industry, since he designs performance vehicles for GM as well as full size trucks. Tom Peters started designing cars in 1980, and over the course of his career, he’s focused mainly on Chevrolet’s Corvette and Camaro sports cars lines, but he’s also worked with the various General Motors pickup trucks and other models. He spent his childhood drawing and sketching cars, and then went to school to study advertising and illustration with the hope of becoming an automotive designer. His current tasks, designing both sports cars and trucks for General Motors, requires a lot of mental flexibility, but it helps to really understand what’s required of both types of vehicles. Sports cars, according to Tom, are visually about fashion, style, and performance, which isn’t as different from trucks as most people would think. After all, pickup truck drivers still size each other up. One of Tom’s most recent designs is the new Corvette Stingray, which was designed with the goal of evoking a strong reaction yet retaining a telltale Corvette look and feel.