Former Ford engineering boss Richard Parry-Jones dies aged 69
The man behind the Ford Mondeo is no more
The motoring industry has been shocked by the departure of Former Ford engineer Richard Parry-Jones. Under the guidance of the Welshman, Ford developed the Mondeo, the Fiesta and the Focus. These three cars eventually cemented the Blue Oval's place in the European markets.
Richard was the engineering boss at Ford and he guided many young engineers under him. His main strengths were technical knowledge and good communication skills.
It was Richard who raised the issue of reducing CO2 emissions in the car industry and it was under him that Ford developed legendary cars like the Mondeo, Fiesta and the Focus.
Richard not only had an influential role at Ford but he was also involved with Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo, Mazda, Lincoln and Aston Martin when they were owned by the Blue Oval.
“Richard Parry-Jones was a rare talent who left an indelible mark on Ford and the industry", says Bill Ford, Executive Chairman.
"As an engineer, he was a virtuoso with an uncanny feel for creating cars that were dynamic and incredibly fun to drive. I can tell you that going on a test drive with him was not for the faint of heart. His passion for great cars and love of motoring inspired legions of engineers and enthusiasts in Europe and around the world. Richard will be deeply missed, and our heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”