2015 Mustang Ford Celebrates 50 years of the “Ponycar”


On Dec. 5, 2013, Ford released its preview of the 2015 Mustang which will be due for release in late 2014 according to the company’s website. The Mustang has been in production since 1964 and will feature a number of new designs for the 2015 model to enhance performance, safety and comfort.

The 2015 Mustang will be available with three different engines with displacements from a turbocharged 2.3 liter to a 5.0 liter V-8.

The 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine is turbocharged and is rated at 305 hp and 300 lb ft of torque.  The engine features variable cam timing and direct fuel injection.

The 3.7 liter V-6 engine is rated at 300 hp and has 270 lb ft of torque.  For the drivers that believe in more displacement, the 5.0 liter V-8 is rated at 420 hp and 390 lb ft of torque.

The Mustang will also feature several new technological features.  It will offer an Intelligent Access keyless entry that will allow the driver to unlock the vehicle without taking keys out of his or her pocket.  It will also feature push-button starting.  The car will also have Blind Spot Information System, a new design from Ford that utilizes two radar sensors to alert the driver of vehicles behind it in blind spots.

The Mustang will be available in convertible form as well as hardtop.  The convertible model has been reworked with a better insulation for reducing cabin noise and an improved mechanism that allows the top to be stored in half the normal time.

The new Mustang is wider than the older versions, offering both more room in the cockpit and a wider stance for more stability.  The new Mustang will also sit lower and feature a fastback profile and sequential raised turn signals at the rear of the vehicle.

Ford unveiled the new model Mustang in six different cities around the world and also arranged for the car to receive a spot on “Good Morning America.”

The Mustang is no stranger to the spotlight as it has appeared in over 300 movies such as “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen which featured a Highland Green 1968 Mustang Fastback.  A 1973 yellow Mustang Fastback played the original “Eleanor” in “Gone in 60 Seconds,” and a 1967 silver Shelby Mustang with black racing stripes reprised the role for the 2000 remake.

The Mustang has been in production for almost 50 years.  The original Ford Mustang debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair located in New York.

The first Mustang was based on the Ford Falcon frame and was meant to be an “everyman’s sports car”. The original hardtop model cost $2,368.  Over 400,000 cars were sold in the first year of production.  In 1966, sales topped one million.

The body of the Mustang was redesigned in 1969 and in 1974 the Mustang II was released.  In 1994 the Mustang was redesigned.  In 2004 the vehicle celebrated its 40th anniversary and 5,700 special edition cars were released.

The Dearborn, Michigan plant produced the vehicles exclusively until 2004 when production was switched to the Flat Rock, Michigan plant. In 2014 the Flat Rock plant will produce its millionth Mustang.  Over 9 million have been produced during its life.

The Mustang has been awarded Motor Trend’s Car of the year award, and has made Car and Driver’s Top Ten list repeatedly during its life and has been used and modified by racing fans since its inception as a low cost vehicle compared to other sports cars.


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