After 10 years designing in Detroit, Klaus Busse says he's been careful not to meddle with the controls too quickly in his new job at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' historic Centro Stile studio in Turin in northern Italy.
There, he heads up FCA's European brands after moving late last year from the post of chief interior designer for the company in the U.S.
But anyone hoping for an Auburn Hills makeover at Centro Stile will be disappointed. "The biggest mistake would be to assume after [a short time], I'd be ready to jump to conclusions that it was better in the U.S.," he told Automotive News.
In fact, it could work the other way around. "There are lots of things the team is doing wonderfully, and we're definitely looking to implement things we learn in Italy to the U.S.," he said.
Busse, 46, is a rising star at FCA following a slam dunk of a stint in charge of interiors. The Germany-born designer was responsible for not just raising the quality of FCA cabins but injecting innovation, too; for example, the playful "Easter egg" details throughout the inside of the successful Jeep Renegade.