Fiat-Chrysler designer Klaus Busse has been named the head of design for the automaker’s Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Abarth brands, The Detroit Free Press reports. Busse, widely considered to be a talented designer within FCA, first joined the automaker after it was acquired by Daimler in 1998.
Busse was formerly the head of interior design for the Ram 1500, Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee. In his new role, he will be the head of all design for Fiat-Chrysler brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Designing cars for Alfa Romeo and Maserati will pit Busse against his former employer in his home country of Germany. He told the Free Press back in 2013 that a lot of people thought he was “flat-out stupid,” for staying with Chrysler following Daimler’s sale of the company, but now, he will play a major role in ensuring Fiat-Chrysler’s 5 billion euro investment in Alfa Romeo is successful.
In addition to its investment in Alfa, Fiat-Chrysler is also planning on boosting Maserati sales from 36,500 in 2014 to 75,000 by 2018. A new SUV from Maserati, rumored to be called the Levante, will play a major role in the brand’s expansion.