Korean carmaker GM Daewoo Auto & Technology will hire more designers to develop small cars for Opel and other General Motors brands.
The company plans to add 20 designers and borrow designers from other GM studios as it grows to handle six design programs next year, up from four now. The move shows GM Daewoo's growing importance at GM.
GM Daewoo also will design and develop GM's small-car global architecture, which it calls Gamma.
The Opel Corsa, GM Europe's second-best-selling model, and Chevrolet Europe's top two sellers, the Kalos/Aveo and Matiz, are based on the Gamma architecture.
GM Daewoo will develop the successor to the fourth-generation Corsa, which debuts at the Geneva auto show in February. The new Corsa was styled by GM Europe's design studio in Ruesselsheim, Germany.
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