Skip to comments.American Success Story - The Designer of the new Mustang is...Vietnamese!
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.
I love these kind of stories! Only in America....
I just test drove an '05 GT on Saturday. Very impressive machine. Hats off to Thai-Tang
I think he's related to the Wisconsin hunter hunter.
Well the 2005 looks like a small 1971. Dodn't get me wrong I like it, but it's not exactly original or anything.
I think that was the point.
That's not nice.
Yeah, not like it was designed from the ground up. It's very similar to the first gen frames.
I doubt those who "celbrate diversity" are cheering the creation of another evil, fossil fuel eating, symbol
of American "excess".
but I am.
I know. I'm not very nice.
Robert S. McNamara
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.
A fine bit of news for a grey monday.
Nope, it was his rendition of "Feerings" in a Karaoke bar.
Geez... This guy must be wandering off the reservation according to Jesse!!! Someone needs to stop the guy (/sarcasm off)
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