The Ford Mustang will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in April and just in time, the 2015 will arrive, but won’t go on sale until next fall in North America and will arrive later in Europe and Asia.
Ford Motor Co. revealed the 2015 Mustang Thursday morning at events in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney, Barcelona and its hometown of Dearborn.
While the Mustang isn’t Ford’s best-seller, they sell more pickups in a week than it does Mustangs in a month, but Ford says the Mustang has the highest name recognition and highest favorable opinion of any car in its lineup.
Although Ford’s top-selling F-series line of trucks account more profit, the Mustang “is the most iconic name in the Ford family,” Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with auto information company Edmunds.com told LA Times. “The new model creates a buzz that will resonate across the entire brand.”
“It’s an emotional connection to the rest of the brand,” Jacques Brent, group marketing manager for large cars and SUVs told Fox News.
“Mustang cuts to the heart and soul of our company and really represents our company at its best,” Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields told everyone gathered in Dearborn to see the new car.
As far as the design goes, “We wanted to make sure that, at first glance, you know it is a Mustang — but at the same time you know it is the next Mustang,” said Mark Fields, the automaker’s chief operating officer. “You can go too retro, or you can go too futuristic.”
Drivers will have three engines to choose from: updated versions of the current 3.7-liter V6, which gets a projected 300 horsepower, and 5.0-liter V8, with 420 horsepower, as well as a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that gets a projected 305 horsepower. Ford will also offer updated six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Final numbers for horsepower and fuel economy will be released later.
The new car sits on the Mustang’s first independent rear suspension, which should improve handling because it lets the wheels operate independently.
This will be the first Mustang with a push-button start. Paddle shifters are now standard. Also, in response to customer complaints, Ford moved the shifter closer to the driver while adding a USB port.
The 2015 Ford Mustang will come in 10 colors, including the traditional racing red, orange and triple yellow.
Yes of course, don’t forget the convertible option, a rag top that will open or close in just seven seconds.
Ford hasn’t released the prce of the 2015 Mustang.
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