GENEVA -- Volvo Car Corp. has hired Mercedes-Benz veteran Steve Mattin to head its design team.
Mattin, 41, spent 17 years with DaimlerChrysler, primarily at Mercedes. He was a central figure in the design of the current Mercedes S-class, E-class and A-class cars.
In 1997, Autocar magazine named him designer of the year.
Mattin, a native of Great Britain, replaces Henrik Otto, who left Volvo last year to join Swedish appliance maker Electrolux.
Mattin's task is to establish a design that will move Volvo forward from the work of Peter Horbury, who led design for more than a decade. Horbury is North American design director of Ford Motor Co.
During Horbury's tenure, Volvo moved from boxy shapes to a more rounded, sculpted, muscular look.
Mattin will report to J Mays, Ford's group vice president for design. He also will report to Volvo CEO Hans-Olov Olsson.
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