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Ford Marks Mustang's 7th Generation With A Detroit Stampede

As the Mustang enters its seventh generation, the automaker is marking the occasion with a Stampede at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

For more than 58 years, Mustang has stood for freedom; now, it's time to welcome the next generation of Mustang. Ford invites Mustang owners and fans to participate in the countdown to The Stampede, the all-new Mustang global debut event on Sept. 14, as part of the Detroit Auto Show.

With the backdrop of the Motor City and thousands of invited Mustang faithful, Ford employees, and global media in attendance, The Stampede kicks off the next chapter of the Mustang story.

"Mustang is the world's best-selling sports car because there's one for everyone – from an EcoBoost convertible to a 5-liter V-8 GT fastback coupe," said Jim Farley, president, and chief executive officer, of Ford Motor Company. "Now it's time for a new stampede of owners, fans, and employees to welcome the next chapter in Mustang's legacy – the seventh generation, which will be our best yet."

The Stampede: Mustang’s global debut and celebration event

At the very starting point of Woodward Avenue, America's first paved road begins. Ford invites Mustang fans worldwide to descend on Hart Plaza for the debut of the all-new, seventh-generation Mustang, taking place on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EDT.

"When we conceived the idea of an indoor-outdoor Detroit Auto Show, The Stampede was the kind of event we hoped and believed was possible," said Rod Alberts, executive director, Detroit Auto Show. "We are proud to support Ford with what will be an absolutely iconic milestone, celebrating the heritage and future of the Mustang and the global mobility industry, right here in Detroit."

For Mustang fans who will not be in Detroit, The Stampede will be broadcast live on social channels, including Ford YouTube and the Ford Mustang Facebook page.

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The Drive Home to The Stampede

Ahead of The Stampede, Ford is collaborating with America's Automotive Trust and the Detroit Auto Show on a cross-country adventure with all six generations of Mustang called The Drive Home - America's Automotive Trust ( Ford is expanding this annual road trip to the Detroit Auto Show by inviting and encouraging all Mustang owners and enthusiasts to join in on The Drive Home to The Stampede.

Kicking off on Sept. 6 at LeMay – America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. – The Drive Home to The Stampede will cross nine states, plus more than a dozen stops. The final leg of this celebratory journey will see owners gather at Ford World Headquarters on Sept. 14 ahead of the reveal to parade together to The Stampede reveal event.

Mustang Owners Can Register Now<

Mustang owners interested in joining the Drive Home or attending The Stampede debut event in Hart Plaza can find more details and registration here:

"We are honored to partner with Ford for The Stampede, rallying Mustang enthusiasts across America to promote the reveal of the all-new Mustang," said David Madeira, vice chairman of America's Automotive Trust. "Our annual, cross-country road trip, The Drive Home, is a partnership with the Detroit Auto Show created specifically to celebrate America's love affair with the automobile. And The Stampede, celebrating the iconic Mustang, epitomizes what The Drive Home to Detroit is all about."

Entering its seventh year, The Drive Home is an annual cross-country road trip that celebrates America's motoring legacy throughout the country in the days leading up to the Detroit Auto Show.

Photo Courtesy Ford Motor Co.

Marc Stern has been an automotive writer since 1971 when an otherwise normal news editor said, "You're our new car editor," and dumped about 27 pounds of auto stuff on my desk. I was in heaven as I have been a gearhead from my early days. As a teen, I spent the usual number of misspent hours hanging out at gas stations Shell and Texaco (a big thing in my youth) and working on cars. From there on, it was a straight line to my first column for the paper, "You Auto Know," an enterprise I handled faithfully for 32 years. Not many people know that I also handled computer documentation for a good part of my living while writing YAN. My best writing, though, was always in cars. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, etc. You can follow me on: Twitter or Facebook.