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American Success Story - The Designer of the new Mustang is...Vietnamese!
Various News sources ^ | 11/22/2004 | frankenMonkey

Posted on 11/22/2004 12:19:23 PM PST by frankenMonkey

Ford Motor Co. said Friday that its head of advanced product development Chris Theodore will retire December 1, to be succeeded in the job by Hua Thai-Tang who led the development of the 2005 Mustang.

Hau Thai-Tang, 38, consolidates Theodore's job with that of the Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Thai-Tang will report to Martens. John Coletti continues as director of the Special Vehicle Team and will report to Thai-Tang. Besides the new Mustang, Thai-Tang developed the special edition Bullitt Mustang off the previous vehicle.

It was a white Mustang fastback with racing decals, probably a 1968 or 1969, that captured the imagination of the man who would become the 2005 Ford Mustang's chief engineer. Hau Thai-Tang had never seen a Mustang before, even though it was the early 1970s and he was maybe six or seven years old. "It was big, powerful, accessible," Thai-Tang says. "In that context, it stands for everything that's great in America."

Thai-Tang saw that first Mustang when his grandfather, a prominent Vietnamese businessman, arranged a private tour of a U.S. military base for him. But he didn't go home from the tour dreaming of working on Mustangs. He didn't know then that his family would someday escape Saigon as it fell to the Communist north. "My aspiration was to own a car."

In Saigon, Vietnam, where Thai-Tang spent his early years, most cars on the road in the former French colony were French. Thai-Tang's knowledge of big, powerful American cars came from Life and Time magazines his mother brought home from her job with the Saigon branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank.

Thai-Tang's family came to the U.S. in 1975, eventually settling in Staten Island, New York. The move to the U.S. raised Thai-Tang's aspirations, and he went after a job in the auto industry. He earned his engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University (for which he recruits graduates for Ford Motor Co.) and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Thai-Tang has worked for the automaker for more than 16 years, including a stint in 1993 on Nigel Mansell's CART team and a tour in Europe from 1995-1997 working on the Scorpio.


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Just a short post to illustrate the power of America! Thai-Tang continues his rise at Ford, from his beginings in South Vietnam.
1 posted on 11/22/2004 12:19:23 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: frankenMonkey

I love these kind of stories! Only in America....


2 posted on 11/22/2004 12:21:34 PM PST by My2Cents ("The bombing begins in five minutes...")
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To: frankenMonkey; ALOHA RONNIE

ping


3 posted on 11/22/2004 12:22:19 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: frankenMonkey

I just test drove an '05 GT on Saturday. Very impressive machine. Hats off to Thai-Tang


4 posted on 11/22/2004 12:23:14 PM PST by Horatio Gates (Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?)
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To: frankenMonkey; Fedora

ping


5 posted on 11/22/2004 12:23:19 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: frankenMonkey

I think he's related to the Wisconsin hunter hunter.


6 posted on 11/22/2004 12:23:39 PM PST by pissant
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To: frankenMonkey

btt


7 posted on 11/22/2004 12:24:14 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: frankenMonkey

Well the 2005 looks like a small 1971. Dodn't get me wrong I like it, but it's not exactly original or anything.


8 posted on 11/22/2004 12:25:26 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: frankenMonkey
Here's a pic of Tang's Thang...


9 posted on 11/22/2004 12:26:54 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: pissant
"I think he's related to the Wisconsin hunter hunter"

What gave him away, the engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University or the MBA?
10 posted on 11/22/2004 12:26:56 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I think that was the point.


11 posted on 11/22/2004 12:28:10 PM PST by BrooklynGOP (www.logicandsanity.com)
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To: pissant

That's not nice.


12 posted on 11/22/2004 12:29:35 PM PST by rabidralph (Arm Tibet)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Yeah, not like it was designed from the ground up. It's very similar to the first gen frames.


13 posted on 11/22/2004 12:29:37 PM PST by Se7eN
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To: frankenMonkey

I doubt those who "celbrate diversity" are cheering the creation of another evil, fossil fuel eating, symbol
of American "excess".

but I am.


14 posted on 11/22/2004 12:30:09 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece: Hope IS on the way...)
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To: rabidralph

I know. I'm not very nice.


15 posted on 11/22/2004 12:30:39 PM PST by pissant
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To: frankenMonkey
Am I the only one here that is bothered by any of this?

Robert S. McNamara

(snip)

Upon his discharge from the air force, McNamara joined the Ford Motor Company. He was elected as a director of the company in 1957, and president of the company in 1960. At the request of President-elect John F. Kennedy, McNamara agreed to serve as Secretary of Defense of the United States, a position he held from 1961 until 1968. He became president of the World Bank Group of Institutions in April of 1968, retiring in 1981.

16 posted on 11/22/2004 12:31:01 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Well the 2005 looks like a small 1971. Dodn't get me wrong I like it, but it's not exactly original or anything.

As the chief engineer, Thai-Tang did the vehicle handling and performance. I suspect that J Mays did the styling.
17 posted on 11/22/2004 12:31:13 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: frankenMonkey

A fine bit of news for a grey monday.


18 posted on 11/22/2004 12:32:17 PM PST by ThanhPhero (Ong la nguoi di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: frankenMonkey

Nope, it was his rendition of "Feerings" in a Karaoke bar.


19 posted on 11/22/2004 12:33:26 PM PST by pissant
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To: frankenMonkey

Geez... This guy must be wandering off the reservation according to Jesse!!! Someone needs to stop the guy (/sarcasm off)


20 posted on 11/22/2004 12:35:18 PM PST by Toidylop
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To: frankenMonkey

The designer of the new Mustang is...
the designer of the old Mustang.

The new one looks OK (For a Ford), but the exterior is little more than a ride on the way-back machine. It's a '66 fastback with a slightly smoother hip line.


21 posted on 11/22/2004 12:35:28 PM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: pissant
Nope, it was his rendition of "Feerings" in a Karaoke bar

Whut up with that?? You drive a Firebird? With Chickenhawk decals??
;-)
22 posted on 11/22/2004 12:35:59 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: pissant
I think he's related to the Wisconsin hunter hunter.

The Vietnamese tend to contribute while the Hmong are another deal entirely. Hmong are the crazy hillbilly, Deliverance types, from that area. Laos actually.

23 posted on 11/22/2004 12:36:33 PM PST by dennisw (G_D: Against Amelek for all generations)
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To: Calpernia
Robert S. McNamara

What connection are you thinking of?

24 posted on 11/22/2004 12:36:45 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: frankenMonkey

With a mullet too!


25 posted on 11/22/2004 12:37:32 PM PST by pissant
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To: BrooklynGOP

What point? There was a point?


26 posted on 11/22/2004 12:37:54 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: weenie

Re: pic

Yummm!!


27 posted on 11/22/2004 12:38:13 PM PST by berkeleybeej
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To: frankenMonkey
The "white Mustang Fastback with racing decals, probably 1968 or 1969..." was quite probably a Boss 302. That car's unique appearance was the work of a very talented Japanese-American, the late "Larry" Shinoda.

IMHO, the new car has all the best styling cues from the classic Mustangs. There's a bit of '67-'68 -especially on the inside - blended with the '69-'70 Boss and Mach 1 cars. It'll be interesting to see whether Ford lets Carroll Shelby have a whack at an in-house "tuner" hotrod version, as has been rumored.

28 posted on 11/22/2004 12:38:37 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Diplomats. The best diplomat I know of is a fully loaded phaser bank" - Cdr. Montgomery Scott)
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To: berkeleybeej

That's what I thought.


29 posted on 11/22/2004 12:39:05 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: Se7eN

The exterior looks would be the end of the similarity. All this retro stuff is getting to me. That Metrosexual chevy truck is especially ugly.


30 posted on 11/22/2004 12:39:35 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: weenie

There are a few here that bother me.

Steve Kirsch and Carnegie Melon

McNamara to Ford Motors to World Bank to Soros.

I don't know. Maybe I just need more coffee.


31 posted on 11/22/2004 12:39:46 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: frankenMonkey

OK then J Mays is not original.


32 posted on 11/22/2004 12:40:04 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy; Ramius
Well the 2005 looks like a small 1971. Dodn't get me wrong I like it, but it's not exactly original or anything.

Heh. You landed on the point and still missed it!

Ramius - new mustang ping.

33 posted on 11/22/2004 12:40:28 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (<<<loves her hubbit and the horse he rode in on :~D)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
OK then J Mays is not original

oh yeah, we could start a whole new thread about J Mays...I don't know that he's done anything really original, but I would buy the new Mustang.
34 posted on 11/22/2004 12:42:55 PM PST by frankenMonkey
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To: Se7eN

It is very reminiscent of the 65-67 Mustangs, which is why I love it. I've owned a number of early models, and have been waiting for a return to the design roots.

I have heard that there is a Cobra version on tap for '06, I'm seriously thinking of risking divorce for that one....


35 posted on 11/22/2004 12:43:06 PM PST by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
"...it's not exactly original or anything."

That's the whole idea.

Instead of looking like a computer generated, back talking, computer chip on wheels (which, of course it really IS); it's intended to bring back the kick of driving an affordable but sporty car.
It's a Pony car again if only in the minds of buyers and 9 year old kids looking at pictures of them for the first time

I've now seen a couple on the freeways and they DO have the look that was missing in the past and blown on so many other 'retro' drives.

36 posted on 11/22/2004 12:44:57 PM PST by norton (.)
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To: BlueNgold

I love the retro look in newer cars. Hell, I wouldn't mind if they just re-released the entire 60s lineup as their new model year. Older cars had style and class. The newer ones for the most part are poorly designed plastic clunkers with grey plastic interiors molded to look like fake leather. Someone from the 60s who saw the real cars of the future would probably either projectile vomit or have a stroke laughing that someone might buy that junk someday.


37 posted on 11/22/2004 12:44:58 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Calpernia

Wasn't Lee Iacocca the father of the Mustang?


38 posted on 11/22/2004 12:45:33 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: frankenMonkey
Those who haven't been to Vietnam in recent years might find this interesting:

There are quite a few vintage (pre-1975) Mustangs, GTOs, Chevelles, and other classic muscle cars on the streets of Saigon. Leftovers from the days when servicemen and civilians could transport vehicles there courtesy of Uncle Sam. And somewhat like Cuba, the absence of road salts and inclement weather seems to preserve them.

Also notable is that the NVA seized every single Jeep from every U.S. base, and you see a lot of those as well in perfect working order. You can even buy a classic O.D. Jeep from one of the local restoration shops in Saigon.

39 posted on 11/22/2004 12:46:28 PM PST by angkor
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To: weenie
"Robert S. McNamara What connection are you thinking of?"

No more wars for engineers?

40 posted on 11/22/2004 12:47:22 PM PST by norton (.)
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To: pissant

Totally uncalled for. Do you need to know why?


41 posted on 11/22/2004 12:47:24 PM PST by angkor
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To: Calpernia

Did you hear about the brawl at the Piston's game? ; )


42 posted on 11/22/2004 12:48:06 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Points hurt!


43 posted on 11/22/2004 12:49:03 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: Calpernia
That kind of stuff always bothers me too. But, for the most part, I think it's just a small world.

Also, this guy must be smart...and I know Ford does a lot of recruiting from U of Michigan and they usually pick the very best.

On the other hand, I really don't care for McNamara and that other fellow you mentioned (Soros) makes me downright nervous.

44 posted on 11/22/2004 12:49:22 PM PST by weenie ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: angkor

No, but you can tell me anyway, since you don't like my sense of humor.


45 posted on 11/22/2004 12:49:57 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

For the same reason that your father may or may not be a white racist serial murderer.


46 posted on 11/22/2004 12:51:07 PM PST by angkor
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Lee Iacocca endorsed John Kerry.


47 posted on 11/22/2004 12:51:22 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

I think that was the point to make it look like the classic.


48 posted on 11/22/2004 12:51:24 PM PST by BrooklynGOP (www.logicandsanity.com)
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To: frankenMonkey; Laura Earl

I'd like a new Mustang too. But I'd have to keep my 02 Yellow Ranger, Edge, Extended Cab. For some reason, chicks including my wife, (freeper Laura Earl), dig it!


49 posted on 11/22/2004 12:51:48 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Kevin Sites is a coward and a terrorist sympathizer.)
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To: angkor

but he was


50 posted on 11/22/2004 12:52:15 PM PST by pissant
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