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Next gen Mustang already complete?
Ford’s next-gen Mustang – less retro, more future focused
The year 2014 is shaping up to be a big one for the Ford Mustang. The iconic model will celebrate its 50th anniversary and to mark the occasion an all-new production model will be released. The announcement came last week from Ford’s design chief, J Mays, who spoke at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to Mays, the design of the next-generation Mustang has already been completed – three years ahead of its launch. But what’s more interesting is Mays statement that the new version of Ford’s pony car will be more future focused than retro styled.
“Both redesigns introduced in 2005 and 2010 are retro vehicles,” Mays said at the Frankfurt Motor Show. “The challenge with the 50th anniversary car is to not just look back over your shoulder, but to try to win all of the Mustang faithful yet bring the brand forward as well.”
It sounds like a tough task and if there’s anything that really angers badge fans it’s poorly considered exterior styling. However, Mays is confident that, even though the new Mustang will be different, it will still keep the famous models character.
“It has to look like a Mustang, but you go down a list of things than might or might not be necessary to make the car look like a Mustang,” said Mays.
The next-gen Mustang is a very important machine for Ford with the current model falling behind in sales to its rival, GM’s Chevrolet Camaro. In the States, the first eight months of the year has seen Chevrolet’s pony car outsell the Mustang by more than 10,000 units.
Plenty more will be revealed on the next-generation Mustang in the next few years.
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