US/UK: Ford starts Mustang shipments to Asia, opens UK RHD ordering
The initial Asian exports are left hand drive. RHD for over 25 markets follows later this year
Ford has begun Asian exports of the latest Mustang with first shipments to Korea and China and opened order books for the first ever factory RHD versions in the UK.
The cars sailed from Portland, Oregon. At each port’s homologation centre, the automaker's vehicles receive finishing touches plus customs documentation and tracking measures. Some also receive an underbody coating and documents in the destination country language.
In 2013, Ford shipped over 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
Eventually, the Mustang will reach over 100 markets. The addition of factory right hand drive will add 25 new territories including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
Ford also exports Explorers, sending 9,000 to China last year, compared with just 200 in 2012.
Last September, it began shipping Lincolns to China and now has eight dealers there.
Ford UK has opened its order books for deliveries beginning in autumn. Equipped with either a 314PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine or a 418PS five-litre V8, the UK Mustang fastback and convertible models are priced from GBP28,995.