DEARBORN, Mich.--The car design game has come a long way since the pad and paper Lee Iacocca and his team used to design the first Mustang in 1964. To show the high-tech tools that give birth to cars these days, Ford Motor Company rolled out a look behind the scenes at its 2011 Forward with Ford conference here.
A major theme for the design portion of Forward with Ford was the automaker's focus on the "global convergence of design," or the concept that social media and other world-shrinking technologies are merging concepts of design expectations and preferences among consumers. Cars must look as good on French roundabouts as they do on American freeways, and the qualifications for that motorway beauty are becoming increasingly similar from consumer to consumer and country to country. … Read more