“It goes on sale here later this year then for the first time in its 50-year history the Mustang will be exported to more than 120 countries next year…”

2015 Ford Mustang Begins Production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang is now in production and Driveway will be at the much anticipated pony car’s launch next month in California.

It goes on sale here later this year then for the first time in its 50-year history the Mustang will be exported to more than 120 countries next year. 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.

Ford boasts that the sixth generation Mustang sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks for the brand with excellent handling, more precise steering control and enhanced ride comfort.

“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 carry 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 featured thousands of times in film, television, music and video games and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to eight million likes.

Though the car has been redesigned from the ground up it retains key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – but in a contemporary style.

There are more power options available; a 3.7-litre V6 and an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine join the upgraded V8. The Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-litre 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.

The new version 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.

Prices will be fixed closer to launch.

Contact: keith [dot] morgan [at] drivewaybc [dot] ca

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