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Will European sales plan kill the Ford Mustang as we know it? - FoxNews.com
Published September 12, 2012


The Ford Mustang is going European.

The automaker has announced plans to begin marketing the next generation of its iconic sports car in the old country, likely in time to mark its 50th anniversary in 2014.

Ford is so committed to the overseas expansion that it will even offer a right-hand-drive drive version of the two-door coupe in the United Kingdom. But that’s not the only change on the way with potential foreign appeal.

Ford has been tight-lipped about the new Mustang, but the rumor mill is flooded with insider reports that it will be smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient and feature less of a retro look than the current car...

...“Turning the Mustang into a global vehicle seems like the next natural progression of the car. Globalizing, downsizing, and reducing mass are staples in the development of most next-generation vehicles,” says Nick Saporito, a marketing professional and editor of FordInsideNews.com.

Today’s Mustang is the slimmest and trimmest of the American muscle cars, but Saporito points out that General Motors is expected follow the same downsizing approach with the next generation of the Camaro. GM is already selling the current model in Europe with some success.

Changing tastes on this side of the pond are also playing a factor.

“I'm inclined to believe both companies are taking a smaller, high-tech approach because they recognize that their pony cars need to start catering to a younger demographic,” says Saporito...

...“Ideally, fusing the brawn of American muscle with the refinement of a European sports car could result in an incredible car. However, the strength of the Mustang is that it offers stylish performance in an affordable package. Taking the car too far upmarket could disenfranchise its core fan base,” cautions Steve Turner (editor of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords magazine)

But Saporito believes the changes in store are simply a modern take on the Mustang’s origins as small, nimble vehicle aimed to compete with the European sports cars of the 1960’s.

“Only this time they will be driven in Los Angeles and London, and probably be powered by a turbo four,” he says.

In any event, it won’t be long before we find out. The first Mustang made its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair New York on April 17th, which just happens to be one of the dates set for press previews at the 2014 New York Auto Show.


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Let the new Mustang go smaller and lighter, but then use a stretched and widened platform for a brawnier Thunderbird return.
 

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Could the Mustang become a Mustang Brand in Europe?? Europeans seem to like small wagons. The Mustang Shooting Brake could win a few buyers. The Mustang might even be able to pull it off by showing a "sedan" as a 4-door coupe design?? Americans might even accept a 4-door coupe Mustang concept.
 

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Could the Mustang become a Mustang Brand in Europe?? Europeans seem to like small wagons. The Mustang Shooting Brake could win a few buyers. The Mustang might even be able to pull it off by showing a "sedan" as a 4-door coupe design?? Americans might even accept a 4-door coupe Mustang concept.
A Mustang is a Ford, they wont do something crazy and try to make it something it isn't and should not be.
 

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I'm still hoping for a Mustang sedan.
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I'm in a very What-If mood today for some reason
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seeing that shot of the Evos where when the 'doors' are close you can't tell from the cutlines that it's not a 2-door coupe...

...what if they offered SOME kind of rear doors on SOME model of the nextgen Mustang OR the LincStang?
 

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I'm in a very What-If mood today for some reason
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seeing that shot of the Evos where when the 'doors' are close you can't tell from the cutlines that it's not a 2-door coupe...

...what if they offered SOME kind of rear doors on SOME model of the nextgen Mustang OR the LincStang?
While you cannot tell with the doors closed that its not a 2-door you would be able to tell with either or both of your checking account balance and your butt! To engineer that kind of sedan is going to increase the base price of the car, and its also going to add unwanted weight to a car that needs to be as light on its feet to compete on the world stage with the best sports cars available.

I'm all for a sedan built off of the 'Stang's bones, but it damn well better be a Lincoln and be positioned to kick the 3 series and ATS's asses!! And don't get fancy with all the gimmicky garbage like those doors, just build a lust worthy appearing car with world class levels of performance and quality. If it has gotta have it looks and quality, performance, and economy equal to or better then the best it will sell.
 
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