His father recognized his talents at age 12 and took him to the campus of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.
Nesbitt was so impressed and he returned to the Art Center as a student after graduating from high school and studying architecture and industrial design at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He also interned at DaimlerChrysler‘s Pacifica Advanced Product Design Center in Carlsbad , California.
DaimlerChrysler hired him in 1994. The years of schooling paid off for Nesbitt in 1996, when DaimlerChrysler called upon him – a 27-year-old untested designer – to design a retro vehicle that would become the PT Cruiser.
He also was responsible for the the 1998 Chrysler Pronto Cruizer and the 1997 Chrysler Composite Concept Vehicle, made of lightweight, recyclable composite materials.
In April 2001 he joined General Motors as Chief Designer for the Chevrolet brand.
In January 2002, Nesbitt was appointed Executive Director, Design, Body-Frame Integral Architectures, for all of GM’s North American Brands.
He currently heads the newly established GM Europe design organization, responsible for all Opel, Saab and Vauxhall design activities.
Since joining GM, Nesbitt has supported development of the exteriors of such new models as the Pontiac Solstice, Pontiac G6 coupe, Cadillac DTS and BLS, Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, HHR and Cobalt coupe, Saturn Aura and Sky, and GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook, and Buick Enclave.
- Opel GTC Concept
- Car design of the Year Awards 2006
- Saab Aero X Concept: prototype images
- Opel Corsa: design images
- “Bryan Nesbitt: Calm, Casual, Centered”
by Christopher A. Sawyer, Automotive Design and Production, August 2004.
- “Hottest Designer”
Buzzwords, Georgia Tech Online Publications, May 2001.
- MW’s Bryan Nesbitt Page
(Latest update: 6 March 2007)