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Unread 2012-04-16, 12:55 PM   #1
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As Baby Boomers Reminisce, Ford Aims to Save Brand With European Look to Draw Younger Buyers



BY MIKE RAMSEY

For the last decade, auto makers have connected with baby boomers by recreating storied cars from their youth like the VW Beetle, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
Now, Ford Motor Co. is betting it is time to hit the brakes on the retro trend, and shift its focus to a younger generation.
The Mustang, the Pony car that launched affordable and compact sports cars, today strongly hews to the look of the 1964 original. But Ford is working on radical makeover of its signature youth-market car, people familiar with Ford's plans said. The next generation would retain the shark-nosed grille ...
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Thank god. i was affraid they were gonna come out with a retro mustang II pretty soon lol

seriously though i hate the retro looks, if only for the fact that it seems lazy and that they have no creativity now adays.
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Thank god. i was affraid they were gonna come out with a retro mustang II pretty soon lol

seriously though i hate the retro looks, if only for the fact that it seems lazy and that they have no creativity now adays.
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Not bad thinking, but you cannot completely get away from heritage or you would alienate the people that already buy the car.
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Not bad thinking, but you cannot completely get away from heritage or you would alienate the people that already buy the car.
That's the other side to the double edged sword. People want new and creative, fresh, ideas, but at the same time the second a new concept is released that breaks from the traditional norm, people will be up in arms about "changing an icon". The marketing and design teams have their work cut out for them.

Either way, just give me a fucking V6 eco-boost option already!
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I hope they keep the solid axle, I hate IRS. Hopfully they put a bigger v8 in it, but i doubt they will.
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I hope they keep the solid axle, I hate IRS. Hopfully they put a bigger v8 in it, but i doubt they will.
If they want to go more "euro" then they need a smaller V8...which could be fun too. Probably not as much for straight line performance.
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If they want to go more "euro" then they need a smaller V8...which could be fun too. Probably not as much for straight line performance.
But in order to retain some base they'll need a large v8. I'm not going to buy a 4.0 V8 unless it revs to 10k and makes the same power as a current 5.0. Euro junk is over rated, it's a pony car and has america roots, not european, ford would be wise not to stray to far from their base.
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May mean that they will go smaller displacement with more boost.
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Future Vehicles: 2015 Ford Mustang








Is this the 2015 Ford Mustang? Close to it, at least that's what a Ford insider told us recently. Set to be released about two years from now on its 50th anniversary, the 2015 Mustang will be much closer to a "world car" than any Mustang before it.

What does that mean exactly? Well, obviously it means this Mustang will be exported to markets outside the U.S., but more importantly, it means that the next-generation Mustang will evolve into a performance car for varying tastes.




For one, it will be smaller in many ways. Most other markets prefer sports cars with a little less metal and a few more curves. That means a sleeker, less bulky Mustang that should weigh less and cheat the wind better. The Evos concept was a hint of that look, but we were assured that the current Mustang's long hood/short deck proportions will remain along with several signature Mustang design cues like rear-quarter windows and triple-lens taillamps.
Another big change will arrive out back. After years of making the most of the Mustang's straight axle rear end, the Mustang will finally move to an independent setup. This will go down much better with European customers who are used to the precise feel of fully independent rear suspension setups. It will still do just fine on the drag strip, though, along with improved manners at tracks with turns.
There will be less drastic changes under the hood as most of the current Mustang's offerings will likely carryover, at least initially. Ford may eventually switch the Mustang's base engine to a turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers better mileage and nearly the same horsepower as the current V6. From there, the current 5.0 V8 will remain in place so the Mustang's performance credentials are in good hands.

Expect to see the official unveil of the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang at the 2014 New York Auto Show.
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new front end reminds me of the new jaguars. Go figure
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lol That rendering must be a joke
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new front end reminds me of the new jaguars. Go figure
Actually looks like the concept that is referenced as well as the new Fusion
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looks like shit
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Ford Global....go fucking figure...That is the new FORD front end. Get used to it.
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Am I the only one who thinks this car looks awesome?
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Am I the only one who thinks this car looks awesome?

I do as well, but I also love the front end of the jags
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Am I the only one who thinks this car looks awesome?
No, I like it
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smaller, lighter, same 5.0, ecoboost 4, I am kinda excited about this.....
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I think it looks better than whats in your avatar.

14-15 is when ill be looking to replace my 135i, unless something else im working on happens next spring to summer. This definitely piques my interest and i will be watching this and the upgraded models that go with it closely.
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I like it. It's about time the Mustang became a sports car.
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I like it also, pretty excited to see how it turns out and what kinda power it will make.
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I dig it! I'd love to see an Ecoboost engine AND the famous 5.0 in the line-up.
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