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Ian Callum

Ian Callum is a British car designer who currently has responsibility for designing the cars of Jaguar. In 1991, Callum was appointed Chief Designer and General Manager of TWR Design. During this period he was responsible for designing the Aston Martin DB7, now established as the most successful Aston Martin of all time. Callum also designed the V12-powered DB7 Vantage and Aston Martin's Project Vantage concept car. At TWR, Callum was also responsible for a wide range of design programs for other TWR clients, including Volvo and Mazda. He was awarded the Jim Clark Memorial Award in 1995 in recognition of his styling work on the DB7. In 1999, Callum was appointed to head design at Jaguar, which had become a Ford Motor Company subsidiary. He had started his design career at Ford and had worked in Ford design studios in Britain, the United States, Germany, Japan and Australia. He was then appointed Design Manager responsible for the Ghia Design Studio in Turin and initiated the Ghia Zig and Zag show car concepts.

Born in Dumfries, Scotland, in 1955, Callum studied at Lanchester Polytechnic's (now Coventry University) School of Transportation Design in Coventry, Aberdeen Art College and the Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated with a degree in Industrial Design. This was followed by a two year, post-graduate course in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art, where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Industrial Design. His younger brother Moray Callum is also an automotive designer. Ian Callum is married and has two sons. He resides in Oxfordshire, England.

Ian Callum is responsible for the designs of the Aston Martin DB7, DB7 Vantage, Vanquish, Jaguar XK, XKR, and the up coming Jaguar XF (set to replace the Jaguar S-Type). He is also responsible for the tail gate design on the Jaguar X-Type Estate. His level of involvement in the design of the Aston Martin DB9, V8 Vantage, and DB7 Zagato is disputable.

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