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Christopher Svensson (1965 – 21 July 2018) was a British automobile designer, notable for innovative Ford cars of the 1990s.[1]


Early lifeEdit

He was born in Sunderland. His grandfather was Swedish. He left school to do a foundation art course at Sunderland Polytechnic. He enrolled at the Royal College of Art in 1990, and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in 1992. [2]


His 1992 design resulted in the Ford Ka in 1996 [3]


He joined Ford in 1992, as an exterior designer with Ford Germany (Ford-Werke GmbH). He is known for his work on the innovative Ford Ka, which was launched in September 1996. He designed it at Ford in Cologne, and the design owed much to his graduation show of 1992.

In 2008, he began work on the Ford Kinetic Design third-generation of the Ford Focus, which is the version in production since 2010, built at Saarlouis Body & Assembly in Germany.

In January 2012, he became Design Director of Asia Pacific & Africa, at Ford Australia in Campbellfield, Victoria. In January 2014, he became Design Director of The Americas. He has currently been working on the new Ford GT.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Sonia Mann in December 1996 in Ampthill, then a part of the Mid Bedfordshire District. They have twin daughters together, born in November 2000. Svensson last lived in Dearborn, Michigan, and formerly lived in Cold Norton, Essex. He met his wife at the Royal College of Art, where she was studying textiles. Svensson died on 21 July 2018 of cancer at the age of 53. [5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ford April He passed on 23rd July 2018 at the age of 53 due to cancer. 2014
  2. ^ Sorokanich, Bob (24 July 2018). "Chris Svensson, Designer of the Ford GT, Has Died". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ Hammerton, Ron (24 July 2018). "Vale Chris Svensson". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ Telegraph January 2015
  5. ^ Obituaries, Telegraph (29 July 2018). "Chris Svensson, car designer – obituary". Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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