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The Ford Global Design Chief Retires

December, 2013

We take a trip down memory lane and look at some of Mays’ signature Ford vehicles during his time at the helm.

 J Mays is an auto industry mastermind. You may not have heard his name before today, but he is the brains behind some of Ford’s most successful vehicles. The 59-year-old Oklahoman has overseen all of Ford’s major new models for the last 16 years – and at the end of this year he will retire from the industry.

With a career spanning upwards of 30 years, and having previously worked at major industry players Audi, Volkswagen and BMW, Mays has developed a design language that is omnipresent in vehiclears to come in Ford vehicles and the auto industry overall,” he said. “In addition to his talent as a world-class designer, J has brought together one of the most talented design teams in the business.”

Here, we take a trip down memory lane and look at some of the signature Ford vehicles during Mays’ career.s the world over. Chief Operating Officer at Ford, Mark Fields paid tribute to the man for his long-standing contribution to the major automotive brand:

“The bold and sophisticated design language that J Mays pioneered will be visible for years to come.

New Volkswagen Beetle

Pictured: 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Coupe Liftback

During a one-time stint designing for Volkswagen and Audi, Mays devised the design language for the ever-popular new Beetle.

2013 Ford Fusion

Image source: Autoblog

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid broke the full year record in the first five months of 2013, and the Ford Fusion Energi received a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA (America’s answer to ANCAP).

2012 Ford Focus

Image source: Ridingcars

The 2012 Ford Focus also received a 5 star safety rating from ANCAP and was heavily praised by the European press.

Mays’ other signature vehicles include the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2010 Ford Taurus, the current new sports car from Mustang and the F-150 pickup truck. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

 

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