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Fordarnized Jaguar?

Pardon me in advance since it is a non-MB related issue.
During the lunch break, I stopped at Barnes & Nobles and skimmed through magazines.
A couple of magazines introduce a new Jaguar XK coupe, which is due next spring.

Wow, I cannot believe it.
Jaguar lost its cool.[:(!]
Front end slightly reminds me Ford Taurus, and interior does not look luxurious at all.
Do not get this wrong. I like Ford as well as Jaguar since both companies have made great contribution in automotive & manufacturing industries over the last century.

It makes sense in business-strategy wise since Ford Motor Company can save some developing costs. However, I wish Ford engineer should not destroy Jaguar’s own styling.

Someday, you may expect Explore look-alike Range Rover.[:p]

At least, I wish it would not happen between Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler. Imagine Sebring or Interpid look-alike Mercedes.
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RE: Fordarnized Jaguar?

I remember reading about when Ford first took control of jaguar. I do not remember the exact figures, but they were something like this----Build time for a Ford Taurus was about 10 hours--build for Jaguar was like 250 hours.
Jaguar had no concept of designing a car to be built and it took them forever to assemble them. I expect Ford went to work to improve that--I had hoped they would leave Jaguar alone to do their own styling. I like some of the cross polinisation where Lincoln LS gets a lot of Jaguar underpinnings at a Ford price.
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RE: Fordarnized Jaguar?

From what I have seen of the old XK it was very swoopy, and the Taurus was also a very swoopy car. the new XK just looks to me like it's following that image with a bit of modern style with the multi-reflector lights.

Just look at it this was. It looks nothing like the New 500, which is the new Taurus.
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I've thought the lines looked like Fords for sometime now.
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My dad had a 1957 Jaguar 2.4 Mk I (to the best of my recollection) that was the laughing stock of the neighborhood. It constantly back-fired LOUDLY to the point that my mother and sister would slide down in their seat so as not to be seen. To me it was beautiful. Two-tone tan and dark green, big as a house with an aluminum engine. I'll scan the pictures one day so someone could tell me what exactly it was.

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