Callum: Blame regulations for XK design

Rechtin, Mark
September 2005
Automotive News;9/26/2005, Vol. 80 Issue 6167, p30
Trade Publication
The article reports that critics are already debating whether automobile brand Jaguar from Ford Motor Co. blew the design of its upcoming flagship XK coupe, pointing to an uninspired front end. Jaguar chief designer Ian Callum defends his work heartily. Yet, in an interview here with Automotive News, Callum was quick to blame U.S. and European government regulations that he said hindered his ability to create the car he wanted. For instance, upcoming European pedestrian-safety laws require specific measurements that affect the shape and height of the front quarter panels and wheel arches. In addition, a 70-millimeter gap is required between the hood's sheet metal and the topmost piece of the engine, to cushion pedestrian impacts. Lastly, after generations of oval-shaped headlamps, Callum wanted the new XK's swept-back lights to create some "discord" in the car's design.


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