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Thanks to its muscular haunches and hearty flanks, it's almost impossible to find a bad viewing angle of Jaguar's new XK. Meet it dead-on, however, and a sad baby-seal face heaves into sight unexpectedly, spoiling the sexy mood. AutoWeek spoke with designer Ian Callum, who staunchly defends his design, but blames U.S. and European government regulations, particularly pedestrian-safety laws, for the sculptural buzz kill. As for the oval grille, don't even think of mentioning the words "Ford Taurus."

Jaguar chief designer says government regulations hindered redesign of new XK [internal]


Frankfurt Premiere: 2006 Jaguar XK; Jaguar Reveals New XK Convertible; Jaguar Design Boss Thinks in Terms of Future [internal]