Ford Looks Back on Decades of Its Most Popular Designs and Innovations
Believe it or not, Ford has only had a formal design department since 1935. The Blue Oval recently celebrated the 80th anniversary of its establishment. Over the course of several decades, Ford’s artists and engineers have brought us some of the most iconic vehicles and forward-thinking innovations. Ford made sure to list them all on its media site (link below). Some of them are forgone conclusions, but the inclusion – or absence – of a few might surprise you.
Of course, cars such as the stylish 1955 Thunderbird and the boundary-pushing original Mustang are on the list. So are the first Explorer, which helped set off the SUV craze of the 1990s, and the lightweight, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150.
However, a non-production vehicle from 2000, the 24/7 Concept, is on the list, too. According to Ford, “Its touchscreen dashboard had a series of icons that allowed easy access to phone contacts, the internet, and a navigation system that could be used through voice recognition technology.” It would take Ford another seven years before it introduced SYNC at the 2007 North American International Auto Show.
Back in 1980, Ford rolled out its five-button keyless entry system. Shockingly, it didn’t introduce the cupholder until four years later.
What’s also surprising is that Ford didn’t put the helpful and convenient Integrated Tailgate Step with Lift Assist on its list. The Raptor also deserved a mention because it invented a class of truck of its own.
What do you all think? Which designs or innovations should Ford have put on its list?
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