Today at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, Ford begins production on the all-new, re-designed 2015 Ford Mustang. The brand new Mustang marks the 6th incarnation of the car, and like always, making any changes poses a bit of a risk. Especially for a company like Ford who has an extremely die-hard traditionalist fan base.
- Ford’s first ever gas-saving 2.3-liter turbocharged motor, as well as
- The latest versions of Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine
- A newly modeled 3.7-liter V6
Also, one of the more controversial changes to this American born model is that for the first time ever the model will be available in right hand drive. The company, of course, did this in hopes of broadening their horizons as they aim to make more sales overseas. This decision was spurred by their gaping inadequacies in other markets.
In fact, of the 9.2 million vehicles sold in Mustang history, only 161,000 have been sold outside of the United States.
Currently, there are plans to sell the car in 120 different countries around the world. Ford president John Hinrichs says, “Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon. Expanding its availability affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience- one unlike any other.”
As of today, Ford plans to ship the new vehicle to U.S. dealers in late September, so they will be ready for sales in November.
The 50th Anniversary Is a Year of Change
2014 is undoubtedly a huge year for Mustang as it marks their 50th anniversary. To commemorate the event, each 2015 model will be equipped with a badge on the instrument panel that features the infamous galloping horse and the words “Mustang—Since 1964.”
So far, 50 has marked an exciting year at Ford, equipped with a great deal of change. As you probably already know, also debuting in 2014 is Ford’s first ever aluminum bodied pick-up. Both the new F-150 and Mustang have sparked a lot of conversation and debate about the new direction that Ford is heading in. But that always comes with change, and Ford is extremely confident and pleased with what is happening.