Saab Designer Profile – Anthony Lo

Posted on 04. Jan, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Designers


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile AB

Anthony Lo, worked with Saab Automobile as a designer, with the chief designer at the time and longtime friend, Michael Mauer, from 2000 until 2004. In 2004, Michael Mauer left Saab Automobile, whereby Anthony Lo became head of design for Saab Automobile until he was promoted in August of 2004 to Director of Advanced Design at the GM Design Center in Europe.

During his time with Saab Automobile, Anthony Lo worked at the Saab Design Center as well as the Advanced Concept Center with other designers besides Mauer, by the names of Ola Granlund, Simon Padian and Alex Daniel who were altogether responsible for many of the recent Saab concept cars that were produced.

Here is his biography below:


Anthony Lo, Director Advanced Design, GM Europe Design

Anthony Lo was named director of advanced design for GM Europe in August, 2004. In this capacity he heads the GM Europe Advanced design organization, responsible for all Opel, Saab and Vauxhall advanced design activities.

He was born in Hong Kong, China on December 26th, 1964. Lo studied Industrial Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Design from the Royal College of Art in London, England.

Before joining General Motors, Lo served as chief designer at DaimlerChrysler’s Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design operation. He was the principle designer for the M-B F200 Concept presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1995 and the M-B Maybach Concept presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 1997.

He joined Saab Automobile AB in October, 2000, as chief designer for Advanced Design. Lo has lead the design of the Saab 9-X, 9-3X, 9-3 Sport Hatch, and Aero-X concept cars from concept to build.

His latest concept cars include the 2006 Opel GTC Concept and the 2007 Opel Flextreme.

2004-Present GM Europe, Director Advanced Design
2000-2004 Saab Automobile AB, Sweden as Head of Advanced Design
1993-2000: DaimlerChrysler AG, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Center of Japan as Chief Designer
1990-1993: Audi AG, Germany
1987-1990: Lotus Cars Ltd., England

1985-1987: Royal College of Art, London, England Graduated with Masters Degree in Automotive Design
1981-1985: Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Graduated with Higher Diploma in Industrial Design
1976-1981: Diocesan Boys’ School, Hong Kong

Biking, swimming, in-lines, model car collection, classic car events, travelling and photographing

Source: GM Europe

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3 Responses to “Saab Designer Profile – Anthony Lo”

  1. b dash rian

    04. Jan, 2008

    Will saab get back on track, that is, move away from the marketing of SUV’s and cross overs (which are rapidly becoming a non-market, as gas prices increase), and back into the sporty hatch market, which they got out of just in time to see it rise in popularity??

    will AWD become more prevalent in the saab lineup?

    will saab do better advertisements in the future, possible targeting a younger audience?

    with the introduction of an awd platform in the saab family, is there any possibility of saab re-entering the motorsport world, particularly rally, which saab has been known for in the past? Ford has a kick ass rally team, so why can’t GM have one, under the name of saab?

    will dealerships ever stop sucking so bad? (ok, we all know the answer to that, and its not something he has control over, but ask him anyway)

    Will GM ever allow saab to utilize its own concepts, rather than use them for other models in the GM lineup? (for example, turbo cobal/redline) Saab obviously has both the brains and potential to make great, high performance, good looking cars, but it seems like every time a cool concept appears from Sweden, it never gets to a stage (technology or otherwise) beyond a fancy website, with a few pictures, and no real action.

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  2. Andy

    04. Jan, 2008

    Why did GM kill the Saab hatch, then 3-4 years later introduce the Malibu MAXX?

    That seems like a waste of money.

    Also, Despite what the average SUV buyer says with their wallets, “badge engineering” is a short term solution to a long term problem.

    I will say the “turbo X” is a step in the right direction. Keep it up.

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  3. Pat

    04. Jan, 2008

    What “Saab unique” designs does he have planned for future models? As in, what can we expect to see that will truly surprise the consumer and will only be seen on a Saab? (I guess along the lines of the key location or the nighttime dash mode.)

    What is Saab’s long term plan for fuel efficiency? Can we expect a small diesel or a hybrid in the U.S. market?

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