Good point. Personally I think 1981/1982 is the lowest point ever for Ford, terrible engines, terrible cars, downsizing, complete lack of performance, terrible quality...If Ford kept making those cars they'd have killed off the names within three years, the styling would've worked on the previous platform but downsizing made Ford lazy. The 83 is the true start of the generation regardless of chassis because they were such a radical departure from not only the previous styling but from the entire industry at the time.
Personally I group the cars into different generations by the theme rather than underpinnings, with a Tbird I'd go...
55-57 as the sporty personal car era
58-66 as the sporty personal luxury era
67-83 as the personal luxury era
83-97 as the sporty coupe era
02-05 as the delusional geriatric in a pathetic attempt to relive their youth era
Yeah, I think their lowest point was when they put fake headlights over the headlight covers over the actual headlights... :tongue:Wholeheartedly agree. I even go so far to say the 80's were the greatest all around era for Ford in terms of innovation and quality starting with the Tbird and Coug. The downsizing really lit a fire under their asses to make good cars rather than glitzy cars and if you think about it, the SUV decline today is a good parallel to that.
The Jag XF is still on the DEW98, I guess ford let them keep it after selling the company.Yeah, I think their lowest point was when they put fake headlights over the headlight covers over the actual headlights... :tongue:
All they need today is something decent and RWD. The DEW98 chassis was really promising, its too bad they gave it up. The Lincoln LS and 2002 Thunderbird were surprisingly good handling cars.
That or they can bring the Falcon over from Australia with the 4L DOHC Twin Turbo I-6.
That actually popped into my head when I was writing it, lol. :tongue:That was turrable, just turrable.
Its a damned shame if its true...:rofl:
I found this while looking for something else. Its a published article from 1989 regarding the development of our cars. It goes into a little more detail about the type of development structure..DEARBORN, Mich. -- The early retirement of the man who headed the team that created the new Ford Thunderbird has focused attention on some pressing product development problems inside Ford Motor Co.
Tony Kuchta, 58, left the company May 31. And last week, after 32 years at Ford, he was toasted at a sell-out retirement party.
I would never run a project like this. I am not an engineer, but I have done enough I.T. projects to know this isn't a good idea.The car was concieved in traditional product development channels. The planning started in 1984. But in March 1986, shortly after the launch of the Taurus/Sable, Ford adopted the system, called car programs management, across its product-development network