It's inevitable that car designers take inspiration from their competition – indeed there are very few cars that could be described as truly original – but sometimes this level of 'inspiration' is deemed to have crossed an unwritten boundary and into the realms of plagiarism.

According to Bentley's chief designer Luc Donckerwolke, Ford has crossed that line with its new Lincoln Continental concept, a full-size sedan which launches at the New York auto show. He wasted no time pointing out the similarities. "I would have called it Flying Spur concept and kept the four round lights," he sarcastically noted on his Facebook page. The statement set off a flurry of supportive comments – such as this one by another professional designer: "I thought this was only done in China? Finally a 'Bentley for the masses' though..."

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