Posted by: David Kiley on January 9, 2007
When I first saw the Ford Interceptor concept car last month, I didn’t like it. Not sure why. But the more times I walk by it at the Ford stand here at the North American International Auto Show, the more I like it. Ford chief designer Peter Horbury said, “That’s the sure sign of a good design…when its polarizing at first and then you come to like and appreciate it.”
The high beltline on the Interceptor, says Ford designer Freeman Thomas, who also led design on the Chrysler 300, is appealing to those of with a “bad boy” streak. [As much as we like Freeman, we have a hard time seeing his as the “bad boy.”] On the other hand, BMW chief designer Chris Bangle said the high belt line characterizing so many cars these days makes drivers feel “cozy and safe.”
I guess it’s all in how you look at it.