One of the most influential automotive designers is about to retire after 38 years in the industry.
Moray Callum has spent more than half of his career at Ford, becoming the global design director for the blue oval brand and its luxury division Lincoln. His departure will be officially on May 1.
The original Scotsman and younger brother of Ian Callum, the former head of design at Jaguar, is responsible, among other things, for the 2006 Mazda MX-5 and 2007 CX-7 (dating from when Mazda was in the fold of Ford), but also 1999 Super Duty trucks, 2011 Explorer, 2015 Mustangs and F-150s as well as the modern GT.
He and his team are also the creators of the new 2021 F-150, Mustang Mach-E, Bronco and Bronco Sport, not to mention the design of the latest Lincoln models.
To replace him, Ford chose Anthony Lo, who started at Lotus, then Mercedes-Benz in Japan and Audi in Germany, before moving on to General Motors Europe where he oversaw projects from Saab, Opel and Vauxhall.
In his most recent role as Renault’s vice president of exterior design, he helped shape the Dezir, Captur, Frendzy and Trezor concepts, whose lines are reflected in the current range of Renault cars and SUVs.
A month-long transition is planned with Callum to make it easier for Lo, but we bet that the latter will soon impose his vision. Will future Ford models adopt a more European look, especially in the era of electrification? It will certainly be very interesting to follow.
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