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Chief designer for Flex no longer with Ford

Craig Trudell
and Amy Wilson

Automotive News | July 28, 2008 - 4:51 pm EST

DETROIT -- Richard Gresens, chief designer for the Ford Flex crossover, has left the automaker, a spokeswoman confirmed today.

Ford spokeswoman Charlotte Fisher said Gresens is no longer with Ford Motor Co. She said she could not comment on whether Gresens’ departure was related to the salaried job cuts that Ford is finishing this week.

Ford said last week it was on track to reduce salaried personnel costs by 15 percent in North America by Aug. 1.

The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday, July 26, that Gresens had left as part of Ford’s salaried layoffs, citing sources familiar with his leaving.

The Flex arrived in dealership showrooms in June. Its boxy design, complete with Ford’s three-bar grille, Mini Cooper-style roof and side-door grooves, has earned praise from critics.

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