For years, drivers have looked to Chevrolet vehicles for some of the most advanced and sophisticated designs on the market. Whether it was an old-school Silverado or the newest Corvette Stingray, these automobiles are among the most distinctive on the roads. Now, the brain behind these innovative creations is getting the acknowledgement it deserves.
An impressive career
Tom Peters, one of the masterminds behind years of Chevrolet automobiles, is receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. The institution, which is Peters' alma mater, presented Peter with the award during the annual Car Classic, held each fall on the Art Center's campus.
Peters has been a part of the General Motors family for more than 30 years. He led the design team for full-size pickup trucks and SUVs for the automaker, and his designs can be seen on the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, among others.
"Through your efforts to promote the very best in automotive design, as seen in examples like the 2014 Corvette Stingray, you continue to represent Art Center in the best way possible and serve as an inspiration for our graduates following in your footsteps," said Stewart Reed, the chair of the college's Transportation Design Department.
More about Peters
Peters began working with GM in 1980, and after a brief stint at another company, he returned to the automaker in 1982. Since then, he has worked on some of the most popular vehicles produced by the company, ranging from sleek sports cars to large machines primed for off-roading.
"The list of Art Center alumni at GM is long, but Tom Peters is without a doubt the most visionary designer I have ever known or worked with in my more than 40 years at GM," said Ed Welburn, the vice president of global design for the auto brand. "The men and women who work for Tom share his desire and thirst for winning, and they create incredibly spirited designs."
Although this Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes all of the valuable input Peters has shared over the years, he is still heavily involved with GM and should continue to impact auto designs. Anyone who gets behind the wheel of an off-road vehicle from Chevrolet or install a Chevy lift kit on one of the brand's trucks likely has Peters to thank for their ride.