• Dec 20, 2009
Patrick Schiavone, Ford's design director for trucks and crossovers, is leaving The Blue Oval. In his 21 years with the company, Schiavone has penned and helped develop Fords both naughty and nice: the last two F-150s; the Flex; Expedition; Cougar; Focus; Lincoln Navigator and Blackwood; the Mighty F-350 TONKA and Ford F-150 Lightning Rod concept trucks; and the Contour show car.

His inkwell is likewise responsible for the 1994 Ford Mustang, the car that did the phoenix routine on the pony car line. It's an impressive resume, and is probably why he "received a great job opportunity outside the auto industry." His last day at the office will be sometime early next year.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      We got him at Whirlpool. Announced today on our intranet. I can't wait to see what he can do with a dishwasher or stove...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford's North American cars are going to start looking more like the European ones. That's a GREAT thing. I expect more of the "Red, White, and Bold" guys to leave.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honestly, I'm not too impressed with the styling of the F150. It is the segment leader in most areas, but it is kind of mid-pack when it comes to styling.

      I think the Flex is a good looking car, but it may just be too flamboyant for a segment primarily shopped by middle aged women. I think conservative styling would have been a better bet with the Flex.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? I find the Flex exactly that - very "conservative." It's only unconventional because of its straight lines and regular shapes.

        With that said, I actually like the exterior, and interior, of the Flex. It's probably Ford's best non-truck product to come out in the past couple of years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Conservative didnt worked for the fivehundre/taurus nor the freestyle/taurus X.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Schiavone's a good guy was good for ford trucks, the real reason he's leaving is there was apower struggle between him and his boss, Jay and Jay was winning. Too bad for Ford. Good luck @ Whirlpool
      • 5 Years Ago
      He presided over the creation of the 2005 F-150 which I feel is the single most handsome truck ever produced. Happy trails Pat!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I mostly agree. I think the 2004-2008 F150 was one of the best looking trucks ever built. However, I think the single best looking truck ever built is the 2009+ Ram 1500.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't really disagree with you. I may be a Ford guy but even I can see how good the 2009+ RAM looks. Especially the HD version. I like it much better than Ford's SD currently. The current RAM is, in my opinion, the best designed and most capable product released by Chrysler in the past 20 years. Maybe EVER.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no big loss

      the Flex is likely his best job

      Ford needs someone new so to take them to that next level when the new lineup comes for redesign in the next 4-6 years
      • 5 Years Ago
      Contour Concept: body double to a Carp (fish).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did he learn how to draw a curve and got another job?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Did he learn how to draw a curve and got another job?"


        Find a single significant straight line on the Contour show car:

        http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Ford/91-Ford_Contour_Concept_DV-07_RMM_01.jpg



        • 5 Years Ago
        Pat was the director of the team that did the Contour show vehicle but the guy that actually did most of the sketches and really inspired the look was Taru Lahti, who was also largely responsible for the Ghia Focus. I went to school with both of them. Night and day in terms of personality and design style. It should be remembered that much of Pat's portfolio is as a manager not the guy putting pen to paper. Each person plays a critical role, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fresh blood might not be a bad thing for Ford.

      Especially since it doesn't sound like this guy had anything to do with any recently styled Euro Fords, and thankfully that looks to be the direction that FoMoCo is going in these days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You people are pathetic. Like Chris Bangle, some of his designs may be controversial and some may be fantastic. I'm not here to criticize him. I'm here to congratulate him on a job well done for the past twenty-one years. As a hopefully soon to be designer myself, I have an undoubted respect for this man.
      Well done Pat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He's not paid in praise, he's paid in cash, like the rest of us. There's no reason we can't express our opinions of his work, whether we like it or don't like it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If he designed the Flex he should have been FIRED!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I definitely agree. That's sure butt ugly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you guys should take a second, good look at the Flex. Even more than that, sit inside one and drive one, if only for a little while. IMO it is rather underrated.
      S Samm Stroh-aeonArt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cited your ongoing success in a recent article Made in the USA: Saving America's Brands...nice to see you're still doing great things :) Samm Stroh Jeffries CCS, 1985-87
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