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ALL-NEW 2015 FORD MUSTANG BEGINS PRODUCTION AT FLAT ROCK ASSEMBLY PLANT
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GLOBAL AVAILABILITY OF ICONIC PONY CAR

- 2015 Mustang starts production at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant; car to be exported globally for the first time in its 50-year history

- New Mustang goes on sale this fall in the United States, and in more than 120 countries next year

- Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with world-class handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort


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.

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.

“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.

An enhanced experience, but still a true Mustang
The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers want to get in and hit the open road. The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – in a contemporary execution.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 is joined by a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter V8 – now featuring upgraded valvetrain, new intake manifold and improved cylinder heads – that yields 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

The Mustang 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with an output of 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque.

With Mustang, it’s all in the ride
When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.

Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.

At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent suspension. Geometry, springs, dampers and bushings are all specially tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

Transformed Flat Rock Assembly Plant
In 2013, nine years after moving Mustang production there, Flat Rock Assembly Plant celebrated the 1 millionth Mustang built at the facility.

“What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang,” said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. “I don’t think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of.”

In the last year, the plant has been transformed. As part of a $555 million investment, it has added a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop to allow multiple models to be produced on the same line, supporting Ford’s flexible manufacturing efforts. Other technologies recently incorporated at Flat Rock include three-wet paint process, dirt detection and laser brazing.

In addition to Mustang, Flat Rock Assembly Plant also produces Ford Fusion. The facility has approximately 3,000 employees working two shifts at full line speed.

Flat Rock Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built Mazda MX-6. Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the facility in 1992, and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years, the plant has produced Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe.
 

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Maybe we'll finally get some real tests and driving impressions soon...!
 

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So...the embargo will inevitably be broken on the 13th or 14h? Maybe the 10th?
 

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So...the embargo will inevitably be broken on the 13th or 14h? Maybe the 10th?
The embargos that get broken tend to be photos only most of the time. I don't think we'll be seeing any truly in depth driving impressions on the Mustang until the 15th.
 

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Hard to pass up the GT's 5.0 but the EB2.3 has virtually the same power ratings as the last version of the 4.6L but with half the displacement and noticably better fuel economy ratings. A convertible with the EB2.3 and the performance package (if it's available on the rag top) would be a very fun car.
 

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That’s actually exactly what I have been thinking about. More than enough performance, top-down motoring while trying to squeeze max mpg out of it while on frequent trips to Northern Michigan or Chicago, sounds much more interesting to me than outrunning some other moron in a fast car.

Ahhhh, one of the few perks of aging is that I do far fewer dumb things. I actually look back at my youth and wonder how I survived it.
 

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In most of the countries outside of the US, their allotment of the 2015 Mustang maxed out within an hour with pre-orders. US pre-orders should be high as well with quite a bit of inventory to refill needed after the sell down of the current model. Inventory of the current model is down to just 6,344 compared with the Camaro at 23,074.

Ford is already thinking of added another shift, which is certain to happen. But this is another all new product, and there will be a production ramp up period to ensure quality. But I don't think it will be as extensive as the Lincoln process.
 

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Ford is already thinking of added another shift, which is certain to happen. But this is another all new product, and there will be a production ramp up period to ensure quality. But I don't think it will be as extensive as the Lincoln process.
Ford obviously knows this, but I REALLY hope they manage the launch volumes correctly... a tiny bit of rarity at first, we all know, can actually be a good thing. What they need to focus on is feeding US demand, of course, but also make sure that there is enough metal on the ground in the launch countries so that the 'Stang makes a big splash! No matter what, this is exciting!
 

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When do exports to markets outside North America begin?

Ford Philippines has announced and listed the 2015 Mustang as "Coming Soon".
*Based on previous new model introductions by Ford Philippines, they usually list a vehicle as "Coming Soon" when it's about 2-4 months away from the actual local launch (which is about 2 months before the first batch of deliveries arrive.)

Two models to be lauched, the 310hp 2.3 EcoBoost and the 435hp 5.0 V8 GT.

-ford.com.ph
 

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When do exports to markets outside North America begin?
I prolley should wait for someone who knows what they're talking about to answer ... but I won't


guesstimating
after full ramp-up (afaik barely there now)
after catching up with orders & stocking US dealers
DURING the US's winter sales' slowdown
& allowing for shipping time
so APRIL'15?

unknown: market-priority... Yurpland first? China??
 

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I prolley should wait for someone who knows what they're talking about to answer ... but I won't


guesstimating
after full ramp-up (afaik barely there now)
after catching up with orders & stocking US dealers
DURING the US's winter sales' slowdown
& allowing for shipping time
so APRIL'15?

unknown: market-priority... Yurpland first? China??
I see, that means they could send a few early units for a possible launch some 2 months before your guesstimated April 15 date.
It seems that Ford has already stopped advertising the 2014 Mustang here, I guess they're probably just selling off leftover units.
 
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