Blog: Dave Leggett2015 Ford Mustang: 8m 'likes' on Facebook

Dave Leggett | 29 August 2014

310 horsepower in the 2.3L 4-cyl version may well suffice

310 horsepower in the 2.3L 4-cyl version may well suffice

The original 1960s fastback Mustang is one of my all-time favourite car designs. When I was a young boy, a prized possession was a Hot Wheels Mustang model. It just looked instantly appealing. Years later (yes, quite a few), I still like the look of that original Mustang. And, I must say, I very much like the job that Ford has done on the design of the latest iteration. Still clearly a Mustang, but also clearly a modern interpretation.

Ford seems determined to raise the profile of the latest Mustang in overseas markets, a halo car for the brand. The numbers will not be large, but it will be interesting to see how Ford gets on and how many are sold overseas. I have a couple of slight reservations. One, a Ford Mustang looks great in America. The look of it, the size, the proportions work well in the US. Obviously American cars tend to look a little out of place in crowded Europe with its narrower roads and smaller vehicles, halo or not. And secondly, I'm not sure about the brand message in global markets where Fiesta and Focus are the big sellers for Ford. It might succeed mainly in raising eyebrows among all but the automotively (is that a word?) literate. 

Anyway, I'd still like to drive one and I'm still, like 8m others out there, a huge admirer of the car, its history and the whole 'Stang sub-brand. And there's even a 2.3L 4-cyl EcoBoost for anyone worried about fuel consumption.

Good Bloomberg telly interview here with Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.

US: New Ford Mustang production starts

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