Monday, January 09, 2006

Reflex, Iosis and Raptide, all cut from same cloth as per styling

Take a look at the Reflex concept and see the trend at Ford's brands. This conecpt will never be built as is, with it's Diesel/Electric Hybrid drive and quirky seating arangement. Forget the scisor doors also, they won't be on any Ford coming soon. But take a close look at the styling and maybe even the basic layout and you could be seeing a future Ford product. One that would be available in Europe and elsewhere, before finally coming to our shores.
Do you see the recurring styling themes here? The headturning Iosis concept shown here.
Jaguar coupe seen here in concept form.
Aston Martin Rapide 4 door sedan/coupe.
Reflex again, with doors closed.
Even the new Lincoln MKS sedan.
Aston Martin Virage coupe.
Rear view of Reflex concept. There is a common thread in the styling of all of these vehicles. No it's not cookie cutter styling, and I'm not complaining. It's a sign of life that gives hope to the future of Ford. Who knows? the Reflex could be a new European Ford, like the short lived Puma. Maybe a new Focus based coupe? Either eliminate or widen the rear seat and put on conventional doors. Give me the new Focus ST engine and rear wheel drive???

Could we have the Ford Capri? Oh I hope someone at Ford can see the potential in such a sports coupe.


Mike said...

You've forgotten the Ford / Shelby GR1 concept styled after the Shelby Daytona Coupes. When I saw for the first time many of the cars you listed here, the first thing that came to my mind was the GR1.

Big Ford Fan said...

Mike, you're right, I missed that one.