Nick was the guy who came up with the green-eyed monster and BA XR front end (IMO the best looking falcon front end ever). A month or two ago it was announced that he was going to Toyota, I would have thought he'd have much more design freedom at Ford and surely Ford could have matched Toyotas pay offer if that was the reason he left.
I think it's a big loss for Ford Aus design, can anyone fill me in on why he went to Toyota?
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I'll agree and disagree there. While the AU had overall stronger design cues, I'm not so sure that it was more agressive. The agressiveness of the BA is very focussed, and is cohesive in it's design direction. Yes it is softer design, trying to please more than it offends but still has a stronger, more predititor like stare from it's eyes.
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Actually, Toyota were advertising a while ago for many key vehicle development positions which I took to be a grab for people who would give them the foundation and ammunition to become the asian area technology development center. They were competing with Thailand and many other low cost bases.
I would think Nick fell in contact with Toyota based on this tactic. I would expect many other names to come up if this operation goes ahead (could we see the Brad Dunstans of this world end up there?)
I think there is enough depth in Ford and FPV to keep the goods coming our way. I personally do not hold the BA XR front end as a high and mighty example of superlative design. Good yes. Outstanding, no.
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I'd say it would be more leaning towards a financially-based move. Maybe Ford just couldn't offer the same $$ as Toyota could (for obvious reasons). But even still, would have Nick been on a contract with Ford for X years?
Originally posted by ford.boy I'll agree and disagree there. While the AU had overall stronger design cues, I'm not so sure that it was more agressive. The agressiveness of the BA is very focussed, and is cohesive in it's design direction. Yes it is softer design, trying to please more than it offends but still has a stronger, more predititor like stare from it's eyes.
The BA XR's Look far more agressive when viewed in the rear view mirror, espicially of the bent 8 variety.
In short, the whole car just looks fatter on the road and much less segmented than the AU. The BA's have a definate visual presence, The AU did so too, but for completely different reasons.
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