Never before has Ford flooded the market with so much new product
and so many all-new Blue Oval cars in one model year. The corners
stone of this product lead transformation include the new Five
Hundred, Freestyle and Mustang.
An American Icon:
Ford Mustang - Since its debut
on April 17, 1964 at the World's Fair in New York, Mustang has
become inextricably linked with American culture. The car has
been featured in more than 500 films; it has inspired countless
rock and roll songs, including "Mustang Sally," graced
postage stamps and has been the personal car of presidents. More
than eight million Mustangs have been sold. Now, Ford is preparing
to launch only the fifth all-new Mustang in history.
The 2005 Mustang retains the classic "pony car" styling
cues of a long hood and short rear deck in a design that is modern,
muscular and immediately recognizable as a Mustang. Designers
have described the boldly styled interior as a "$30,000 interior
in a $20,000 car." In a new-car first, Mustang owners can
customize their instrument panel lighting to any of 125 colors,
thanks to LED technology.
The heart and soul of any sports car are its engines and chassis,
and the 2005 model charts new ground for Mustang while preserving
technologies essential to the car's legions of fans. For example,
Mustang's architecture is an all-new design for improved steering,
ride and handling. But it retains the live rear axle beloved by
drag racers for its durability and traction-enhancing geometry.
Power also is part of the Mustang mystique and the 2005 Mustang
GT will be the first GT to offer a 300-horsepower V-8 straight
from the factory. The Mustang's V-8 is a far cry from traditional
Detroit iron of the 1960s. The new engine is an all-aluminum 4.6-liter
V-8 that uses three-valve cylinder heads, instead of two-valve
heads, for improved torque, horsepower and lower emissions.
Customers for the Mustang V-6 will enjoy 210 horsepower and performance
that rival Mustang GTs from the 1980s and 90s in a well-equipped
car that Ford promises will have a base sticker price under $20,000.