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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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: autoshopaliens; ford; vietnameseamericans
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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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"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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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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