Aug. 28--Ford today celebrates the start of production of the all-new 2015 Mustang at its Flat Rock plant.
The difference for the sixth-generation pony car is that it was designed to be a global car and will be exported to markets around the world. That means Michigan workers are building versions with right-hand drive, as well, for about 25 markets including the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa.
Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of The Americas, as well as Jimmy Settles, head of the Ford division of the United Auto Workers, are among those invited to attend a ceremonial roll-off of the first Mustang this morning.
"Mustang is and will continue to be an automotive icon," Hinrichs said in a statement. "Expanding its availability globally affords our customers around the world the opportunity to have a true firsthand Mustang experience."
The 2015 Mustang goes on sale this fall in North America and in more than 120 countries next year.
Ford has sold almost 50,800 Mustangs so far this year, trailing its main rival the Chevrolet Camaro which has sold more than 56,600. The Mustang was the sales leader for years until this decade when the Camaro took the top spot and has maintained it.
Mustang buyers have a choice of a 5-liter V8 engine for 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque; the base 3.7-liter V6 or the new 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that generates 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque.
Ford has invested $555 million at the Flat Rock plant to make the new Mustang as well as add production of the Ford Fusion. There are about 3,000 employees on two shifts.
"What an honor it is for the hardworking and dedicated UAW Local 3000 workers of Flat Rock Assembly Plant to build the next-generation Mustang," said Settles. "I don't think there is any place in the world where this vehicle is not known. To build it right here in Michigan is something to be proud of."
Ford has been making Mustangs at the Michigan plant, originally a joint venture with Mazda, for 10 years.
In April, Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang. In commemoration of this, each 2015 model has a badge on the instrument panel with the galloping pony logo and the words "Mustang -- Since 1964."
Ford has sold more than 9.2 million Mustangs over the last 50 years.
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