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We'd imagine if you asked Ford design chief Peter Horbury, he'd say the current Ford Five Hundred is a bit light on Dave. Dave, if you'll recall, is Horbury's mythical, open-hearted American chap, and inspiration for the toothy grillework on the Fusion and new Edge crossover. Of course, as it is now, the Five Hundred looks more of a Steve or a Jeff, with a mug that's more protective, gives less away and projects a combination of wry self-satisfaction, disinterest and a hint of malice. Then again, we may just be hanging around design guys way too much.

Bland Ford 500 to get makeover [The Detroit News]

Spy Photos: 2008 Ford Five Hundred [internal]