Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

The iconic Ford Mustang has officially entered a new era, as production of the brand-new, sixth-generation model has commenced at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. Shown to the world in early December 2013, the sixth-generation Mustang is the first ever pony car to be sold globally in more than 120 countries around the world. Additionally, the 2015 iteration is also the first Mustang to feature an independent rear suspension. You can see why this is a big day for the Blue Oval and the automotive industry alike.

Another premiere that comes with the sixth-gen pony is the creation of the first ever, factory-built Mustang with right-hand-drive. These vehicles will be sold in more than 25 markets, including the United Kingdom , Australia, and South Africa. "Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon," said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas.

The 2015 Ford Mustang will reach most global dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2014. U.S. pricing starts from $23,600 for the fastback and $29,100 for the convertible .

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Why It Matters

Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

The 2015 Mustang is arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles of the year. And not just because of its redesigned body. No, the 2015 Mustang boasts so many changes that it attracted more attention than ever before. The independent rear suspension will finally enable the pony to give the BMW 4 Series a run for its money, while the 2.3-liter, EcoBoost engine will increase its popularity in Europe and other markets subjected to huge taxes based on CO2 emissions and/or engine displacement.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

Redesigned from the ground up for the 2015 model year, the sixth-generation Mustang boasts a brand new exterior, a reworked cabin, and numerous technological updates inside and out, including an independent rear suspension. Three engines are available, starting with the proven 3.7-liter V-6 unit. The six-banger loses five horses for the sixth-generation, being rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

The mid-range Mustang is motivated by a brand-new, 2.3-liter, EcoBoost engine that marks the return of the turbo inline-four for the first time since the Fox-body Mustang. The four-pot makes 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of twist. At the top of the range sits the 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8, which cranks out 435 ponies and 400 pound-feet of torque. The 2015 update adds an extra 15 horsepower and 10 pound-feet to last year’s rating.

Pricing for the 2015 Mustang begins from $23,600 for the V-6 model and from $25,170 for the EcoBoost. The GT model fetches at least $32,100. The new Mustang will be sold in more than 120 countries, including at least 25 right-hand-drive markets.

Press Release

Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

The highly anticipated, all-new Ford Mustang rolls off the line today at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, marking production of the sixth-generation pony car. For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available globally to customers in more than 120 countries around the world.

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.

“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 will be adorned with 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 made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook, with close to 8 million likes.

An enhanced experience, but still a true Mustang

Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers want to get in and hit the open road. The clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – in a contemporary execution.

With more options to choose from, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The upgraded V8 is joined by a 3.7-liter V6 and an all-new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang.

Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-liter 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.

With Mustang, it’s all in the ride

Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

When life throws drivers a curve, the all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality.

Mustang 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.

Transformed Flat Rock Assembly Plant

Ford Begins Production of 2015 Mustang

In 2013, nine years after moving Mustang production there, Flat Rock Assembly Plant celebrated the 1 millionth Mustang built at the facility.

“What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang,” said UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles. “I don’t think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of.”

In the last year, the plant has been transformed. As part of a $555 million investment, it has added a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop to allow multiple models to be produced on the same line, supporting Ford’s flexible manufacturing efforts. Other technologies recently incorporated at Flat Rock include three-wet paint process, dirt detection and laser brazing.

In addition to Mustang, Flat Rock Assembly Plant also produces Ford Fusion. The facility has approximately 3,000 employees working two shifts at full line speed.

Flat Rock Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built Mazda MX-6. Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the facility in 1992, and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years, the plant has produced Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe.


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