The announcement of the new Lincoln Continental has gotten a lot of attention—including sfrom executives at Bentley, who are accusing Ford of stealing the design for the new luxury car.
“Do you want us to send the product tooling,” Bentley Chief Designer Luc Donckerwolke wrote on the Facebook page of Lincoln styling chief David Woodhouse. The spat was reported by Bloomberg.
The new Continental is being unveiled at this month’s New York auto show. Donckerwolke seems to think it’s a knockoff of the Bentley Flying Spur, which sells for more than $200,000.
A Ford executive fired back, defending the new car’s originality.
“There’s no way that we’ve copied anybody’s design,” Global Marketing Chief Stephen Odell said. “Our Continental has its own character, its own architecture and its own aspects as a car.”