Ford Motor Company is one of the oldest and most famous car companies in the world. It was founded in 1903, but the Ford Mustang, about which we shall write here, was not introduced until 1963, a full seventeen years after Henry’s death. Since then, several versions of the vehicle have been made, divided into six generations, the most recent of them beginning this year. This article will give a brief history of the Ford Mustang, including the prototype and the previous five generations. It will then go into the main features of the current generation.
In 1962, then-Ford President Lee Iacocca led a committee of company managers called the Fairlane Group, whose objective was to design a new car that could compete with the Corvair Monza sports coupe that General Motors had built in 1959. The Ford Mustang that came out as a result of the ideas of the committee members resulted, in turn, in a mushrooming of new models by competing companies; among these were the Pontiac Firebird, the Dodge Challenger, the Chevrolet Camaro and the AMC Javelin, and Chrysler vamped up its Plymouth Barracuda. The longest-lasting generation of Ford Mustangs was the third, which was in production for fourteen years (1979-1993). Even more important, a new class of American automobiles, known as “pony cars,” arose, of which the Mustang was the first. These cars had short rear decks and long hoods, giving them a “sporty” appearance. The Mustang is the only such vehicle that has been produced continually in the same form for more than fifty years.
The modern Ford Mustang: its chief features and conveniences
Cars of the newest generation of Ford Mustangs come in the following ten colors:
2) deep impact blue
3) competition orange
4) guard (This is a deep shade of green, almost black.)
5) ingot silver
6) magnetic (a dark brown color)
7) Oxford white
8) race red
9) triple yellow
10) ruby red (deeper than race red, above)
It is available in eight models, five fastbacks:
3) EcoBoost Premium
5) GT Premium
and three convertibles:
3) GT Premium
Each has the following specifications:
- a six-speed manual transmission
- a painted aluminum steering wheel — diameter and manufacturer vary. The EcoBoost Premium fastback has a machined wheel.
The following are some of the features that are shared by most, but not all, Ford Mustang models:
- Track Apps™ — not on the GT Premiums
- Intelligent Access with push-button start
- ambient lighting
- an enhanced security package — optional on both GT fastbacks and on the EcoBoost Premium fastback, not found on the V6 and EcoBoost fastbacks
The first global Ford Mustang
For slightly over fifty years, the Ford Mustang has been manufactured only in North America. This changed with the newest generation, which, beginning on January 20, 2015, has been exported to markets all over the world. Since the American styling is a major selling point for cars sold in foreign markets, the new Mustang has retained that characteristic. Several adjustments have been introduced to fit local conditions. The fender, for instance, has been lowered in accordance with European safety regulations, and the air conditioning has been adjusted to suit the hot temperatures of the Middle East.
This is truly the beginning of a new era for the quintessential American car.