As I see all the excitement over the all new 2015 Mustang, I’m just as excited as everyone.
YES I DO LIKE IT! I really do, however I would like to give my brief summary of the styling points which are the most crucial to the car’s survival. First I see where the artist and stylist were headed with overall look. The hood was not slope in the aerodynamic manner of cars today. It would be hard to keep the super muscle car look when you drop the nose to a point like what you see today. Chevy kinda blew the styling on the 1993 Camaro with that line of thinking and returned to a more grille face look later in the years. This is why trucks still keep that massive upright Mack/Peterbilt look. It’s the sign of masculine muscle and power.
The stylist also gave it the corporate “mad dog” grille face you see on the Ford Fusion. This is Ford’s new identity that reminds us its a FORD. Somewhat indifferent about it I would prefer to see it shape differently but its not bad. I also see they went to that all too familiar “cat eyes” look you see everywhere. Not everyone would agree with me but I personally would like to see hidden headlamps make a return, there’s just too much of a “mad cat look” on just about every car on the road. My only other disappointment is with the strange shape of the roof. Just a little too much of a round bubble from the A-pillars then it drops off to meet the deck lid too early. I like a more fastback look where it starts from the A-pillars and meet the decklid about six inches from the tail. The side sculpture in my opinion is as good as it gets considering the “me too” look of sporty cars of the day.
Overall its still a Mustang and thank God Ford is still building it! They have a tremendous following all over the world and they’ll sell as many as they can produce. Some of you I know for a fact HATE IT! My advice is to just give it time, It’ll grow on ya. Soon you all say to yourself I gotta have one, maybe in “gotta have it green” since that color is so popular now. Yes for sure I will start producing prints of the 2015 hopefully before January. I will also do my usual “special editions” so you can see it in various souped up versions and slick body kits. So lets hear it for Ford! The original pony car that took a beating but kept right on ticking. THE LEGEND LIVES!!!
By Danny Whitfield
The Ford Motor Co will unveil its next-generation 2015 Mustang on December 5, in the first complete overhaul of the car since 2005, the U.S. automaker said on Tuesday.
The new Mustang, which marks its 50th anniversary next spring, gets a more modern design, a more nimble chassis and more efficient engines and transmissions, all intended to broaden the car’s appeal beyond its core American audience. The 2015 model is slated to go on sale next summer.
“We had a big decision to make about the execution of the vehicle, but most of all we had a chance to globalize this iconic vehicle,” Ford global marketing chief Jim Farley told reporters at an event held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The company first announced the timing of the preview in a description of a video posted on its Ford Mustang YouTube channel. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pme49ufOEP0) To help broaden the Mustang’s appeal globally, Ford will introduce the new design simultaneously at its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney.
Toward that end, Ford is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the redesign of the vehicle from the ground up, sources previously said.
“It’s an interesting time for us to launch Mustang and we want to be relevant to the part of the U.S. customer base and global customer base that hasn’t thought of Ford first,” Farley said.
In the 15 days leading up to the debut, Ford is teaming up with Facebook and Instagram to showcase the car by having fans share photographic stories every day, including 15-second videos by select users, about the car using the hashtag #Mustang Inspires. Farley called social media the new platform for the company to get its brand message to consumers.
In addition, the No. 2 U.S. automaker is using Instagram to release the first image of the car to give fans a look at what to expect next month, and partnering with Dreamworks to allow the use of the Mustang in the movie, “Need for Speed,” due out in March 2014. The original Mustang was introduced at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964, to national fanfare. It was featured on the covers of Time and Newsweek magazine, helping to cement the reputation of Ford’s then-sales boss, Lee Iacocca, and was purchased by more than half a million customers in 1965, its first full year on the market.
When it was last redesigned eight years ago, the Mustang took a step backward in time, with a retro design that has attracted fewer and fewer buyers. Sales last year totaled just 82,995 and were down another 8 percent through October.The automaker has developed a new rear-wheel-drive platform for the 2015 Mustang, which will ride on the same 107-inch wheelbase as its predecessor but is expected to shed several hundred pounds.
Ford is revamping the car’s suspension, steering and brakes, and upgrading engines and transmissions, with a new EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine to be offered as an option.The exterior sheet metal and the cabin have been completely redesigned to give it a more modern look and feel, but the 2015 Mustang will have styling cues inspired by past Mustangs, the sources said.
By Ben Klayman