Karma Automotive Names New Interior Design Director

Karma Automotive Names New Interior Design Director

Nicholas David to play key role in developing Karma's new global interior designs.

Karma Automotive, a Southern California-based luxury electric automaker announced that Nicholas David, an accomplished automotive designer, has been hired to lead the company’s global interior design efforts at Karma’s Design Center.

Nicholas David will be reporting to David Hilton, Karma’s senior director of global designs and brand, and shall play an integral role in designing production and concept cars. In his new role at Karma, David will oversee the interior design team to achieve industry leading EV focused interior design and to support the brand visions in delivering world class executions for Karma worldwide.

“Nicholas brings a diverse and international skillset to Karma design team to support our strong future,” said David Hilton. “It is my pleasure to work with Nicholas David. He is a fantastic designer who will undoubtedly raise our interior design standards even further, while supporting our long-term value for the Karma brand.”

Prior to joining Karma, David spent three years as chief designer of exteriors at Advanced Design Los Angeles for the GAC Group, working on numerous production and concept design programs and strategy projects for the new Aion brand. David’s career spans more than 20 years, during which he had leadership roles at Honda R&D and GM Advanced Design studios in USA as well as with Jaguar and Land Rover in the UK. He also held the director role at Aria Group’s Design consultancy, contributing to high-profile projects for BMW, SpaceX, Gulfstream, SAIC, Nest and Zoox. 

“I am excited to join the talented design team at Karma Automotive at a time when the design language is undergoing a radical change,” said David. “I look forward to lead the interior design direction and strategy to a new level of execution and to solidify Karma’s interior spaces through their premium luxury expression.”

David earned an engineering degree from Swansea University in Wales and received a Master’s Degree in Vehicle Design at the world-renowned design school, The Royal College of Art, London. He started his first job in the Advanced Design Studio at GM in Coventry, UK.

Design Career Highlights: 

  • 2021 IF Design Award – for GAC EN0.146 Concept car
  • 2020 GAC Enpulse EV sports car
  • 2019 GAC ENO146 (world record aerodynamic concept)
  • 2017 ARIA FXE Mid-Engine Hyper car
  • 2016 ARIA FE Mid-Engine Super car
  • 2012 Chevrolet TRU-140S Concept Car
  • 2011 Jaguar XK-RS Production car program
  • 2010 Jaguar CX-75 Concept Design program
  • 2008 Honda FC Sport (S2000) Concept
  • 2007 Acura Sports Concept
  • 2004 GMC Graphyte Concept program
  • 2003 Chevrolet Nomad Concept Program

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