The Return of J Mays
One of the biggest criticisms that is levied against the styling of vehicles is that they “look like an appliance.” The appliance in question, of course, is in what is known as the “white goods” category, as in the classic white enameled refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other such product that is now difficult to find in white.
One person who rarely had that slight applied to his designs is J Mays, who retired from Ford in late 2013, where he had been Group Vice President of Global Design and Chief Creative Officer.
Mays had also worked at VW during his career, where he headed up the design team for the Concept 1, which became the New Beetle. Volkswagen of America announced last week that the Beetle is going into retirement next year.
Whirlpool Corporation announced this week that J Mays is coming out of retirement and joining the appliance maker as Vice President and Chief Design Officer.
According to the statement about Mays’ new chapter, he said, “My interests extend far beyond automobile design, and that’s why this opportunity caught my eye. I look forward to leading and collaborating with the already strong Whirlpool Global Consumer Design team. The team has a wealth of talent, is vibrant and passionate, and a driving force behind creating customer interest, desire, and satisfaction.”
We wish him all the best,
And figure that in a few years, when he has his imprint on the design of those appliances, it will certainly be the time to buy.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
A young(ish) guy that I’ve known for a number of years, a man who spent the better part of his career writing for auto buff books and who is a car racer on the side, mentioned to me that his wife has a used Lexus ES Hybrid.
Although the RAV4 has plenty of heritage in the small crossover segment, competition has gotten a whole lot tougher, so Toyota has made significant changes to the fourth-generation model.