Simon Cox is known as one of the top car designers in the UK, with his unique and critically acclaimed designs, he is a strong character in the field of car design.
After studying Fine Art, jewellery design, product design and automotive design at the Royal College of Art in London, Cox decided to combine his creative education with one of his other passions – sports cars – after a visit to the 1977 Geneva Motor Show. Cox is a highly experienced, ex-RCA designer, well known for his independence of spirit and for producing iconic designs that have set well-known brands on new paths. He first came to notice in 1993 as creator of the left-field Isuzu Vehicross, a car so much liked by its conservative company management that they put it into a large block of cheese.
Cox worked subsequently in a small, London-based advanced studio for GM Advanced Design Uk as the Design Director, producing trend-setting concepts which have done much to influence Cadillac’s 'look' today. Here, the Cadillac Converj was created. This car was awarded the Design Excellence prize in the concept car category at the 2009 EyesOn Design Awards.
Cox made his reputation with the quirky Isuzu Vehicross Concept (1993), which the company put into production virtually unchanged, using ceramic tooling to keep costs down. After his stint at Isuzu, GM set up an advanced studio for Cox in the UK, where he produced the Cadillac Cien concept, the car that created the whole "Art & Science" look for GM’s luxury brand. This car appeared in the film The Island. More recently, Cox has designed for McLaren and as now joined Infiniti, a Japanese luxury vehicle division, after an automotive design career with companies such as Peugeot, Ford Motor Company, Lotus Engineering, Isuzu Motors, and General Motors.
Commenting on his new role as Design Director for Infiniti, Cox described his new mission as helping to “develop the Infiniti brand and products from a European perspective”. Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s executive design director, commented that Simon Cox brings “an enormous wealth of passion and experience” the position.