Ford's top design man J Mays, when asked if Ford regrets taking a less aggressive tack with the Five Hundred when taking the success of the Chrysler 300C into account, said, "We're so confident where [our] car is." Which basically means Ford is satisfied with producing a car that is as visually titillating as watching liver slide down a wall. Mays feels that the more conservative looks will have better staying power over the six-year life cycle, and that people will get tired of the bold 300C design that looks like it's constantly about to assault you, which, by the way, it is. But Ford can't be that satisfied, really, since a Five Hundy refreshening is already on the horizon, planned for two years from now to provide a more distinctive, less soporific front end. Zzzzzzzzzz.


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