WSJ: Ford will kill off "old Mustang" in 2014.

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    Apr 16, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    If you like the current Mustang, now is the time to get one.

    Mustang sales fell from 166,530 in 2006 to 70,438 last year, and so big changes are on the horizon. Ford will kill off the current design in 2014 and move the Mustang to a European designed car, now known as the Evos concept as shown below. Note: This is a concept car, and not the actual Mustang. The final product is usually tamer looking, but this gives a good idea to the direction of the new Mustang: smaller and more European looking.

    Article at link.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303815404577335980934741136.html


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  • Montague

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    Apr 16, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Eeew, as if the "Me too" car wasn't ugly enough.
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    Apr 16, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Not sure about this move by Ford. The Mustang is THE American muscle car. Why mess with that image? The problem with the Mustang as of late is that, instead of focusing on finding efficiencies and weight loss, Ford has been focusing on building bigger and badder and much more expensive Mustangs. The biggest problem with the Mustang now is that is doesn't really offer a "value sports car" appeal it once did. It's no wonder its sales has floundered. At the same time, the Camaro came along and starred in the Transformer movies, has a much more appealing, modern design, and has outsold the Mustang.

    I like the idea of Ford introducing a smaller, lighter sports/sporty car. But it shouldn't use the Mustang name and it shouldn't abandon the current Mustang format altogether. Ford successfully navigated two markets with the Ford Probe and the Mustang co-existing in the lineup. Maybe they should try that again.

    And that concept looks great, except the back-end.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    A little question. Where is the boot?
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidNot sure about this move by Ford. The Mustang is THE American muscle car. Why mess with that image? The problem with the Mustang as of late is that, instead of focusing on finding efficiencies and weight loss, Ford has been focusing on building bigger and badder and much more expensive Mustangs. The biggest problem with the Mustang now is that is doesn't really offer a "value sports car" appeal it once did. It's no wonder its sales has floundered. At the same time, the Camaro came along and starred in the Transformer movies, has a much more appealing, modern design, and has outsold the Mustang.

    I like the idea of Ford introducing a smaller, lighter sports/sporty car. But it shouldn't use the Mustang name and it shouldn't abandon the current Mustang format altogether. Ford successfully navigated two markets with the Ford Probe and the Mustang co-existing in the lineup. Maybe they should try that again.

    And that concept looks great, except the back-end.


    That's a really good analysis. Camaro is a badass butch car, with heart stopping performance, modern mechanicals, but still practical enough for daily driver status.

    I think its a stupid move on Ford's part. Instead of killing it, they should expand American Muscle cars into Lincoln, and also revive Thunderbird and Torino. GM sells all the Camaros, Vettes and CTS-V's they can build, and ditto for Chrysler with the 300 and Charger.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    The Camaro and Challengers, in addition to the 300/Charger, are appealing to a younger buyer more effectively than the Mustang. The one thing Ford needs to remember is that in 2006 when its sales were decent, the Camaro hadn't re-emerged onto the market yet. And since, they really haven't done anything to match the appeal. Though they have freshened the styling, it wasn't enough to distinguish it from previous models.

    I agree with Ford's decision to go more of the European route. GM has been doing this with its recent products from Chevy and Buick. But GM is staying true to its American heritage products like the Camaro and Corvette. I think Ford can do the same. They're starting it with the new Fusion. I also wish they'd bring back the Thunderbird since its such an iconic name, but the last iteration was a disaster from a sales and market appeal standpoint.
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidA little question. Where is the boot?


    It's probably a hatch back. Is it me or does the shape of it somewhat remind you of a Pinto and the Capri?
  • metta

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    Apr 16, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I'm not a car person, and I don't want to offend anyone, but I think that the current Mustang is ugly. I can't believe that people pay so much money for a car that looks like that.

    And I did not know that Chrysler stopped making the PT Cruiser...YEAH!!!!! I hate those...and the drivers tend to be ridiculously slow as well.

    I like the photos above a lot more than the current Mustang. I could see a car like that being able to compete much better with the foreign cars than the current Mustang.
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:33 PM GMT
    I love the old classic Mustangs, but haven't been a fan of them for many years. I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but I think part of the reason I don't like them anymore is the typical Mustang owner. It's always some Jersey Shore looking douche with his stereo blasting, overly tan bicep hanging out of the window, and full of obnoxious tribal tattoos. Blahh!
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
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    Apr 16, 2012 7:06 PM GMT
    I actually like the current Mustang.. but I think the whole retro throwback fad needs to end.
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    Apr 16, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    HOT.

    im happy acura is bringing back the NSX and Pontiac is doing the firebird according to internet rumors

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    Apr 16, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidTop Ten Cars for Douches
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    Apr 16, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    Blackbeltguy saidHOT.

    im happy acura is bringing back the NSX and Pontiac is doing the firebird according to internet rumors



    Pontiac doesn't exist anymore. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 16, 2012 8:52 PM GMT
    It looks like a Walmart knock-off of an Aston Martin if Walmart manufactured cars under their Great Value brand. I'm giving this a giant meh.
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    Apr 16, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    Blackbeltguy saidHOT.

    im happy acura is bringing back the NSX and Pontiac is doing the firebird according to internet rumors

    Pontiac has been 2 years dead now, though...
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    Apr 16, 2012 9:02 PM GMT
    the look of the Mustang has always varied, right now its a throwback style but that wasnt the case for 30 years or more where they went through a bunch of different styles. This new style just might work
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    Apr 16, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Blackbeltguy saidHOT.

    im happy acura is bringing back the NSX and Pontiac is doing the firebird according to internet rumors



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    Apr 16, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    alexander7 saidA little question. Where is the boot?


    Why worry about a boot if its not a convertible?

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    Apr 16, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup saidTop Ten Cars for Douches
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    LULZ

    RoadsterRacer is NOT gonna like this at all

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    Apr 16, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said
    Blackbeltguy said
    Scruffypup saidTop Ten Cars for Douches
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    LULZ

    RoadsterRacer is NOT gonna like this at all

    (#6. Mazda Miata)


    Other than being a fag car about ten years back, I don't see all that much douche about it.

    The top three I sure agree with, although it should be a three way tie. Can't let a BMW come in third, neither should a Prius.
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    Apr 16, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    I don't get how this is any different than the standard evolution of the lifecycle of a Mustang? Is it really that drastic of styling? Perhaps people thought the styling was drastic for its time with the 05, 99, or 94? Plus, a lot can change before a car enters production. I think its great that the new mustang will be build in accordance to european regulations, and sold world wide. Although, I do think its important that the design stays true to its roots. Time will tell.
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    Apr 16, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    AlphaTrigger said

    RoadsterRacer is NOT gonna like this at all



    LOL. I thought the same thing when I saw the Miata listed. icon_lol.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 16, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    I actually like it. It's a whole lot better than the tired Mustang that hasn't seemed to change in decades
  • Timbales

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    Apr 17, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    Ford planned to kill the Mustang once before in favor of the Probe.