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since this relates directly back to the Conti's debut
thought I'd use the HeadLine thread...

Bentley designer who bashed Lincoln leaves - Automotive News
Christiaan Hetzner
June 15, 2015


FRANKFURT -- Bentley's design chief, Luc Donckerwolke, a 49-year-old veteran of Volkswagen Group who headed design for three brands, including Lamborghini and Seat, has left the carmaker, VW said, without citing reasons...

...Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief since 2012, made headlines in March after he slammed the new design of the Lincoln Continental as a copy of his Bentley Flying Spur, sarcastically asking the troubled U.S. premium marque on Facebook, "Do you want us to send you the product tooling?"...

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Former Bentley design boss Luc Donckerwolke moves to Hyundai
Ex-Bentley design boss is in line to replace Peter Schreyer as head of Hyundai and Kia design
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since this relates directly back to the Conti's debut
thought I'd use the HeadLine thread...

Bentley designer who bashed Lincoln leaves - Automotive News
Christiaan Hetzner
June 15, 2015


FRANKFURT -- Bentley's design chief, Luc Donckerwolke, a 49-year-old veteran of Volkswagen Group who headed design for three brands, including Lamborghini and Seat, has left the carmaker, VW said, without citing reasons...

...Donckerwolke, Bentley's design chief since 2012, made headlines in March after he slammed the new design of the Lincoln Continental as a copy of his Bentley Flying Spur, sarcastically asking the troubled U.S. premium marque on Facebook, "Do you want us to send you the product tooling?"...

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Former Bentley design boss Luc Donckerwolke moves to Hyundai
Ex-Bentley design boss is in line to replace Peter Schreyer as head of Hyundai and Kia design
AutoCar.co.UK
Not exactly a George and Weezie kinda move. On the other hand Hyundai could really use some real world designs, they tend to be either too derivative or to out there.
 

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Ha what a joke. How long before he brings some Bentley styling to Hyundai? :rolleyes:
 

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When I read about him leaving I couldn't stop laughing, but I do understand his point. I do love the Conti, but there definitely is a ton of Bentley DNA in there, several character lines are in almost the same exact spot. Still it is what it is, now if they make a habit of being so similar to other brands there may be an issue.
 

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When I read about him leaving I couldn't stop laughing, but I do understand his point. I do love the Conti, but there definitely is a ton of Bentley DNA in there, several character lines are in almost the same exact spot. Still it is what it is, now if they make a habit of being so similar to other brands there may be an issue.
While I don't disagree with you about the some of the lines they share, when I look back I can't help but to believe they took a little from the 90's continental as well.





 

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From the looks of these new spy photos the Continental looks almost production ready. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. Looks great so far.
 

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While I don't disagree with you about the some of the lines they share, when I look back I can't help but to believe they took a little from the 90's continental as well.


That's one of my favorite generation of the Continental. Great looking car.
 

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I wish that the chrome cladding could make it to production. From the spy shots I see an indention at the rear where the chrome gladding meets the rest of the bumper. But it would be a nightmare keeping it in perfect condition and quickly scraped up with parking, especially in the front. But who knows.
 

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I wish that the chrome cladding could make it to production. From the spy shots I see an indention at the rear where the chrome gladding meets the rest of the bumper. But it would be a nightmare keeping it in perfect condition and quickly scraped up with parking, especially in the front. But who knows.
It shouldn't be though since Lincolns can park themselves :tongue:
 

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These mule shots look quite a bit better than the last set, I think the wheels are larger giving a better look. That is one big ass car!

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dunno about the size but imho the style duplicates the ContiConc

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anyone else remember Lincoln making a fairly big deal about the wheels for the original MKS Conc?

made it to production but, iirc, they weren't offered long
 

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Upon returning to my truck this afternoon I found a current Audi A8 parked nearby. I spent a little extra time examining it's proportions and honestly to my eyes the spy shots of the mule look closer proportionally to the A8 than does the concept. I've been very concerned about the production Continental losing the concepts presence but given I'm a fan of the A8's style I'm feeling quite a bit more comfortable now.

Bringing the concept to production had the potential to be a styling grand slam IMO. The mule looks to have at minimum the potential to be a solid home run even with the unfortunate changes!
 

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I was just re-perusing the article/pix from a nother forum &...



compared the Contiproto to the background vehicles

seems Quite LOW (like the Conticonc, still), no?
In comparison to the MKS it looks low!! Of course in comparison to the MKS all but a Super Duty looks low!

The greenhouse has clearly gained a couple inches in height, but overall the vast length and width manage to give it a long and low look!!
 
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