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Santeno
05-03-2005, 08:23 AM
From Automotive News:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b> autonews.com</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">FREEMAN THOMAS REUNITES WITH J MAYS AT FORD<p>Designer Freeman Thomas is teaming up with old colleague J Mays in a new position at Ford Motor Co. <p>Thomas, who worked with Fords design chief at Volkswagen in the 1990s, will become Fords director of strategic design in North America effective June 1. He will work out of the companys Irvine, Calif., studio and report to Peter Horbury, executive director of North America design. In his new job, Thomas will help develop concept and production vehicles. <p>Thomas, 47, resigned April 21 from a senior design job at the Chrysler group, where he worked on the Dodge Tomahawk concept motorcycle and a sedan strategy that evolved into the Chrysler 300C. <p>At Volkswagen, Thomas worked alongside Mays to develop the New Beetle and Audi TT concepts. <p>Thomas said the strength of Fords design team lured him to his new post. <p>The team (J Mays) has built is second to none, Thomas said in a statement. I couldnt pass by the opportunity to work with such a high-caliber collection of design standouts, many of whom I also consider friends. <p>The appointment bolsters Fords North American design talent at a time when the companys design leader is working from an overseas base. Mays, Fords group vice president of design, moved to London late last year. <p>Some recent efforts of Fords North American design team also have been panned for blandness. While the redesigned Ford Mustang is basking in praise, the 2005 Ford Five Hundred sedan in particular has been labeled as boring by auto critics. <p>Thomas will enhance the North American design team, said Horbury, who also is relatively new to Ford in the United States. He moved over to his current post at the end of 2003 from jobs at Volvo and Fords Premier Automotive Group. <p>Freeman has not only the artistic ability to deliver strong designs, but he also has the unique blend of intuition and business savvy to drive his team and the rest of the enterprise to deliver the right products for the right market at the proper time, Horbury said in a statement. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Lets hope that this means that ford will finally start taking some risks with design.

VexedandGlorious
05-03-2005, 05:09 PM
im wit you on that,santeno.

Hornbag
05-04-2005, 03:24 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">From Automotive News:<p>Lets hope that this means that ford will finally start taking some risks with design.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, build the 427 Ford!!!

mzoltarp
05-04-2005, 05:45 AM
Amen to the 427!<p>Replace the Stylefree with the Fairlane concept.<p>Bring the T-Bird back in the style of the "bullet bird" or any early 60's T-Bird.<p>Do a Focus replacement and call it the Falcon.<p>Do not bring back the Pinto.<p>Let's hope Freeman and J are listening

CalinG7
05-04-2005, 11:33 AM
Good move. Seems J. Mays is good when it comes to doing retro, but his mainstream cars are mostly a let-down. Clean for the most part but very unexciting.

M0L0TOV
05-04-2005, 03:11 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Do a Focus replacement and call it the Falcon.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Why? The Focus is a wonderful car, just bring the Euro version and bring in the Fiesta manufactured in Brazil to take the place of the higher priced Focus. If you want a Falcon, you should check out what Ford Australia offers. I think the Aussie Falcon should replace the Crown Vic, but of course, Ford is milking the Panther platform for all it's worth. But I agree with Santeno, I hope Ford does take more risks with designs.<p>M0L0TOV

mzoltarp
05-04-2005, 05:13 PM
The Focus is readily dismissable. Good economy cars are a dime a dozen. The Aussie Falcon would be a cool source as a platform to resurrect the name in the USA. The Focus is not the head of the class unfortunately.

Hornbag
05-05-2005, 03:37 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mzoltarp</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The Focus is readily dismissable. Good economy cars are a dime a dozen. The Aussie Falcon would be a cool source as a platform to resurrect the name in the USA. The Focus is not the head of the class unfortunately.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>But the Euro one is very good, and i think its rated the best car in its class?<p>Build the 427, make some changes to smothen it off a bit, and call it a Falcon! Build it in Australia (for aus, uk, nz markets) and the us (us, canada ect markets) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

mzoltarp
05-05-2005, 05:11 AM
The Euro Focus is a much better car than the American version which is on an old platform staggering on and on and on.

DaDesign
05-05-2005, 06:41 AM
I heard he was working on the next Ford Ranger with sudents at CCS, when i got a letter from them... so it could be intresting

GerjurdKing
05-09-2005, 11:21 AM
Might I add that the above poster has the greatest avatar ever...

DaDesign
05-10-2005, 06:57 AM
thanks Gerjurdking...

bolita
05-16-2005, 01:39 PM
[QUOTE=NDannYR]Do not bring back the Pinto.QUOTE]<p>Why not? Am I the only one? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0">