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Ford Mustang for Europe: The next generation of Europe possible
4. April 2012
Auto Motor and Sport
The next generation of American cult cars Ford Mustang would be available in Europe.
"Just like any other Ford model will also be the next Mustang to the One Ford strategy. This means, among other things, that he must fulfill, for example, here applicable standards for pedestrian protection, "said Barb Samardzich, development head of Ford Europe, auto motor and sport. A decision on whether the sports car is actually imported, and thus assumes the role of a successor, Capri, had fallen as yet.
Sneak Peek: 2015 Ford Mustang
The new global Mustang will be lighter, faster, and more economical, but say good-bye to retro!
From the December, 2011 issue of Popular Hot Rodding
By Sam Haymart
Popular Hot Rodding
The Ford Mustang has been a part of our automotive fabric for so long that it’s hard to imagine a world without it. It’s become an iconic part of the muscle car realm with several generations of metal favored by several generations of fans. There were low points in its lineage, such as in the ’70s and early ’80s, and there have been many high watermarks, such as today.
There’s no doubt among Ford enthusiasts that the current Mustang is arguably the best of the breed in terms of quality, handling, and technical savvy, and you have a world-class engine lineup, the highest efficiency, and one of the best chassis to ever underpin the Mustang.
The current breed also has its downsides, as it’s the most expensive and heaviest Mustang ever. And it’s no longer the entry-level bargain basement car that once appealed to the masses back in the ’60s. It has become more upmarket, more equipped, and has a price point closer to some European performance coupes.
In looking to redesign the next-generation ponycar, many converging forces have the 2015 Mustang facing a major crossroads. It’s racing quickly toward a swiftly rolling freight train of high gas prices, skyrocketing new government fuel mileage regulations, and a much more challenging global marketplace. Today it has a new Chevy Camaro to win against, new V-8 muscle cars coming from Korea to fend off, and now meets the Japanese sports cars face to face.
The Mustang is being redesigned at this moment, and is facing just as drastic a headwind as it did when Ford changed the game with the Mustang II in 1974. Let that sink in for a moment as you are told that the next-generation Mustang is being loosely termed the Mustang III within the halls of Dearborn, Michigan.
While that may send shivers down the spines of some, the good news is that today we have the technology. Best of all, the performance-minded gearheads in Dearborn have the will to meet tomorrow’s new regulations and market forces without turning the current stallion into a wheezing little gelding as was the case with the Mustang II.
What must be reckoned with is that today’s Mustang is heavier and larger than it’s ever been. The 2012 Mustang weighs about 100 pounds more and is virtually identical in size to the big-body ’73 Mustang once widely considered to be a fat pig. The next-generation Mustang will need to shed some weight, lose some girth, and get a lot more efficient for a great many reasons.