Ford Shouldn't Care If You Hate the 2015 Mustang
It seems like every day, I come across another person online posting about how he or she hates the look of the 2015 Ford Mustang. Mind you, we haven’t seen pictures of the 2015 Mustang and to date, all we have is spy shots and renderings on which to base our opinions (along with one very nondescript teaser). Those non-official images of the next generation Mustang show a model that wears the Evos design language and quite a few people have posted passionately negative remarks about their distaste for the 2015 Mustang. Unfortunately for those making the negative comments, Ford really doesn’t have anything to worry about. This isn’t some new model that we are talking about which has to prove itself – this is the Mustang. The Motor Company could put the front end of the Super Duty on a Mustang and so long as it delivered all of the performance attributes that a modern Mustang buyer expects…it will sell like hot cakes.
If you are among that small group who hates the 2015 Ford Mustang (even though you haven’t actually seen it yet) and you are wondering what makes me so sure that this Evos design language Mustang will sell so well…I’d like to present a few examples from the past.
-When Ford Motor Company introduced the Mustang II back in 1974, it was a massive departure from what America had come to know of the Mustang name since its introduction 9 years earlier. It was small, kind of funky looking and it lacked the performance of the previous models. There was no convertible package and there wasn’t even a V8 engine option for the 1974 Mustang and Ford still sold right around 386,000 units that year – which was a massive increase over the 135,000 1973 Mustangs sold when there was a convertible and “proper” V8 engines.
-Much more recently, Ford introduced the S197 platform with a sharp retro design that resonated very, very well with many buyers and the basic design scheme of the 2005 Mustang has lasted through the 2014 model year with strong sales each and every year…even with the return of the Chevrolet Camaro in 2010. When the 2005 Mustang was introduced, there was a huge number of people in the Mustang community who absolutely hated everything about the design. It was so bad that on some enthusiast forums, there were regular “fights” between the people who purchased the 2005 Mustang and those who hated it. Needless to say, the negative chatter on what we know as the current Mustang faded quickly and it had no real impact on sales.
-When the powerful EcoBoost V6 was introduced for the Ford F150 as a premium engine option, long time truck owners freaked out. Naysayers went on about how no twin turbo V6 could do the work of a proper V8 and introducing the EcoBoost V6 would drive buyers to other brands. Turns out that America loves the EcoBoost so much that this powerful yet efficient engine quickly became the most popular option in the F150 lineup – while helping Ford to move record numbers of F Series pickups.