THANKS for the pix, Andrew!!
That^ reminds me of my latest Zodiac grille, tho much tamer
that's the good part
the side is so generic > see comment about spacepods below (sorry, N.R.)
imho THE Highpoint of recent Lincoln studio work for elegant side sculpting is the MKT Concept!!!
(course the rest of it Had & CAUSED problems...the grille)
...What design themes would evolve from the past that could fit in today? The 1950's design carried in some form to the 1960's to the 1970's and into the 1980's. Maybe even the 1990's but that's it and that's is where the design problems begin.
...Lincoln needs an over the top design that makes people take notice. To quote the prior Chevy Malibu advertising: The car you ignored to the car you can't ignore" or something like that. You know what I'm trying to say here.
don't quite agree about the 50's:
WWII-leftovers >> brief tasteful >> zoot-excess
all just imho^
Continental, Riviera, et al was a HUGE Renaissance & THAT imho is still the well-spring of autodesign
a large part of my love for the StarShip commercials was hoping for some "industrial light & magic" futuristic fX
themes (tho NOT the spacepods of the ?80's?...sorry McGovern isn't far enough from that imho)
((my fave fX example is getting rid of wing-mirrors & using cameras on little retractable stubs
having a top-option for electro-opaquing glass in back and the reardoors would be cool too ... who CARES if it a $3k+ option!))
It's a shame, but the reality is that as recently as the late 70's early 80's a company of GM or Ford's size could afford to take risks in design if they so chose. These days with the cost of designing a vehicle, especially a world car, a major misstep can echo on for years. It's really just such a completely different world these days, and from a purely design standpoint we all lose.
dunno if unibody construction makes it that much harder to switch sheetmetal than body-on-frame
imho the mfgs just haven't been TRYING to develop a method for this
due to profitability being King
((& it certainly doesn't excuse not making graphics (HLs TLs grilles) affordable to update every-other-or-Every year...
...worst example: the original Fusion's tail lights - shoulda/coulda just changed the chrome surround to red-reflector :rant: but Noooooooooooo ))