Next Ford Mustang To Be Global Design

Ford has used its new "One Ford" plan on most of its new vehicles and it seems the automaker will use it again on the new Mustang.

In recent years, Ford has adopted the new “One Ford” plan, which basically means that all Ford products, throughout the world, will be somewhat similar to design and engineering. While this might have worked well for the Focus, Fiesta and C-Max, it’s hard to imagine it on the Mustang.

Imagine no more, as Ford’s global vice president of product development, Derrick Kuzak, stated that the Mustang would become a global machine and that designs from all over the world would be considered, according to Automotive News.

This means that the new Ford Mustang, for the first time in its history, will be crafted outside of American soil. Kuzak stated that designs from Europe, Australia and other parts of the world would be considered and that the winning submission would become the next Ford Mustang.

The man in charge of selecting the winner will be J Mays, Ford’s global design chief, who will then pass the design down to Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan, design studio where it will be crafted into an actual vehicle.

The next-generation Ford Mustang has yet to receive a release date, but Ford is hoping to have a new model by 2014, which happens to be the 40th anniversary of the car. That means that a new Mustang could be here as early as 2013, but Ford might want to step it up a notch. Chevrolet’s Camaro is outselling the pony car, despite not being very good, so Ford’s timetable might get pushed up in order to thwart the GM rival.

For the 2014 Ford Mustang, the automaker has stated that it will shrink to meet global demand and that the live rear axle would be dropped in favor of a rear independent suspension setup. These two things might kill the Mustang as a muscle car, but it should make it one heck of a good sports coupe.

[Automotive News]

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