Christopher Bird, 42, doesn't look like a car designer. Thick-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses, short hair, conservative Daniel Hechter suit. More '60s banker or engineer than late '90s auto design talent. Only a Kenzo tie hints of Bird's creative profession. Yet, Bird in January became director of design for Ford's European — small and medium — Car Center. Meaning that after just three months at Ford as chief designer-Europe, Bird now has responsibility for the appearance of future Mondeo, ...

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