A really new Ford Mustang is a big deal for car folk in any circumstance. Through its first 50 years, Mustang has started from a clean sheet just five times. There’s enough appeal in its name and the basic notion that Mustang has thrived half a century, only occasionally straying from the original concept.
The highly anticipated, all-new Ford Mustang rolls off the line today at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, marking production of the sixth-generation pony car. For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available globally to customers in more than 120 countries around the world.
Those of you waiting for a 2015 Ford Mustang are one step closer today as production begins at the Flat Rock, Mich., assembly plant. The new ponycar goes on sale this fall. Take a look at the freshly minted mustangs.
“Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas. “Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience – one unlike any other.”
In April, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang. In commemoration of this, each 2015 model will be adorned with a badge on the instrument panel that includes the galloping pony logo and the words “Mustang – Since 1964.”
Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the more than 9.2 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to 8 million likes.
The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s global vehicle lineup will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. For the first time, the Mustang will be exported globally to more than 120 countries. A right-hand drive version will be sold in the U.K., Australia and South Africa. Ford F, +0.51% has sold 9.2 million Mustangs in the model’s 50-year history.
The new Mustang will get independent rear suspension, and an optional turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine making 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. That motor will join the returning 435-hp, 5.0-liter V8 and the 300-hp 3.7-liter V6. The Mustang also gets a new perimeter subframe to stiffen the structure while also reducing mass.