Who do you think will be the lead designer of the C7 .... Jon Peters again?
The C6 was designed by Tom Peters but Sang Yup Lee had alot to do with the overall design. As far as GM having "A" korean designer, GM has many Korean designers along with almost every other car manufacturer. The korean designers are DA*M good at drawing and getting there ideas out there and presented. I've had an oppurtunity to work with Sang Yup Lee for a few days and his demonstrations of his drawing abilities and creativeness was truly remarkable.Before reading this please don't think I am a Korean hater or GM basher. Truth is I totally dig the C6 and if I could swing it I would trade in my C4.
I am currently stationed in Korea--again--and have taken notice that the C6's interior has similarities with Korean cars. I'm talking about the general layout of the dash components such as vents, stereo, climate controls, etc. There are little cues in some Korean cars that actually pre-date the C6. It's interesting, because GM purchased Daewoo before the release of the C6 and employ a Korean on their design team. Coincidence? I don't think so. Also, I wonder how much of the C6 is made in America versus assembled in America. I think GM has been selling out America's icon gradually for a long time. For example, the C4's wheels were made by Enkei in Japan, who knows what else, and the C6's wheels are made in China. Al least the C5 wheels were made in Indiana, if I'm not mistaken, before the company went under.
It should be no secret that the current Impala, Malibu, and Aveo are basically imports! These three cars are so ridiculously similar to their Korean counterpart vehicles. (we have Korean taxis on base that are exactly like the Impala) Seriously, it is just a matter of installing a different molding for the front and rear fascia and changing emblems, steering wheel--little things, but the overall platform/paneling is the same. (the engines are not the same though, Koreans wouldn't know what to do with a 303HP V8 in their Impala equivelent--in fact, just get themselves killed--their driving habits/manners suck) It is exactly what Pontiac did for the release of the modern GTO.
Likewise, the Korean's have cars that are simply disguised Japanese models too. It's not just GM doing this platform/panel sharring. These large global companies are sharring a lot and just disguising it with simple molding, emblem and engine differences.
So what will the C7 hold? I'm sure it will kick ass regardless. All Vette generations are awsome. They are great to drive and own. I hope GM does not continue this out-sourcing economic strategy with the Vette. Let's keep it all-American.