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A tribute to Jim Das

Sat, 21 May 2005 On May 15 GM Europe designer Jim Das passed away in a Wiesbaden hospital after a year-long battle with leukemia. Jim joined the Opel Design team in 1997 following the completion of his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art.

In 1998-99 Jim had a stint in Italy at the Opel Advanced Studio and worked on a roadster study (currently on display at Opel Live in Ruesselsheim). Jim also made a major contribution on the design development of the new Astra Caravan, as well as the soon to be revealed Vectra facelift. In 2003 he had a brief but fruitful assignment in the General Motors studios in Detroit, where his design theme was selected for a future production Saturn compact car.

Jim was a delightful and talented colleague to us all and a good friend to many... He will be greatly missed by the team at GM Design Europe. Jim is survived by his wife Adrienne and his son Curtis. He is pictured here, in happier times, with the full size clay of the Insignia with some of the rest of the team.