Ford's top designer has Mustang on his mind

NEW YORK -- What keeps Ford Motor Co.'s chief designer, J Mays, awake at night?

Coming up with a redesign for the 2014 Mustang.

At a pre-auto show event here Tuesday, I asked Mays if Ford is going to do something really special to the Mustang's design to mark the pony car's 50th anniversary.

Mays laughed, tossed out a mild curse word and exclaimed, "I sure hope so!"

He told me that someone asked him the other day his thoughts on the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle. Mays admitted he had not yet seen the Beetle because he is so consumed with redesigning Ford's own icon, the Mustang.

Mays said he still has about two years to accept or reject his designers' various ideas for the 2014 Mustang before deciding on a final design.

But he assured me when the Mustang turns 50, it will have muscle and it will be anything but old.

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