The Jamestown Sun has done an interesting bio story on a local 2005 high school graduate - John McDougall, who is now the creative interior designer for General Motors.
The North Dakota product McDougall, while discussing his job says that interior work on the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was done about two years ago. John further states that the Volt interior project was a very long process that began in 2010 - beginning with mock-ups from companies and artists found outside of GM's walls.
"First, designers from all around the world contribute sketches. Then, they narrow it to 10 to 15 designs. When they select the top three designs, they make full-scale models in clay and from there they select the theme."
2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior Seating (LTZ Trim - Jet Black-Brandy Leather)
Just Because The "Official Pictures" Don't Always Look Like The Real Thing, Here Is A Shot Of The Interior We Took In Detroit In January
From there GM designers worked up to 18 months refining the theme.
"That's not as glamorous as the design work," McDougall said to the Jamestown Sun. "Every little thing you can imagine goes into that. The glare angle from the windows, the placement of the controls, the placement of the seat. You have to create something that's beautiful and functional."
Of the final creation, the interior designer says that once you site inside the Volt and see the "big sweeping lines" that buyers won't want to opt for the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. (Find photos of both Japanese vehicle's interiors below in the gallery)
"...We want to simplify people's lives. This car has a big touchscreen control, like an iPad, in easy reach. We wanted people to feel comfortable inside the car."
We should note that the current generation of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have been on the market for awhile, and both are heading into next generation upgrades themselves in 2016 and 2017 (respectively), so the comparison might not be a fair one.
As for what John is working on next, he won't say other than to note it won't be available until 2018.
Gallery (below): 2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior, 2015 Toyota Camry Interior, 2015 Honda Accord Interior
2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior In Dark Ash/Cloth
2015 Honda Accord Interior
2015 Toyota Camry Interior
Gallery (below): Some more live shots of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior
2016 Chevrolet Volt Center Stack (Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)
2016 Chevrolet Volt Dash Cluster (Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)
2016 Chevrolet Volt Rear Seats (Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)
2016 Chevrolet Volt Front Seating When "Occupied"
2016 Chevrolet Volt Cutaway At NAIAS(Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)
Another Look At The 2016 Chevrolet Volt Interior With Different Ambient Lighting
2016 Chevrolet Volt Console Cluster Again (Tom Moloughney/InsideEVs)