Now, what if THIS was the new Mustang?

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    May 08, 2012 5:49 AM GMT
    Someone had posted previous concepts that were prototypes for the next redesigned Mustang. This concept seemed almost too much of a departure from the current iconic muscle car that has been a staple of the American car scene for decades.

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    Now, it seems that a true(r) vision for the next Mustang has been exposed. This seems a bit more realistic in the evolution of the current design while taking a big step towards modernizing and streamlining the design.

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    Thoughts?
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 08, 2012 6:26 AM GMT
    looks like a Honda- Not an American muscle car.icon_idea.gif
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    May 08, 2012 7:05 AM GMT
    ^^I think that's the inevitable consequence of Ford' goal of designing a sleeker car. Personally, I'm not sure it's a good idea to attach the iconic Mustang name to it, as I said in a previous thread on this. They should create this sleeker car, but come up with a new name, and produce the Mustang as a separate car to still target its intended/current demographic.
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    May 08, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
    Looks like an Aston Martin. The rear on the red one is awful. The blue one is less awful. icon_neutral.gif

    I still think the current Mustang is the best looking one so far.
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    May 08, 2012 12:18 PM GMT
    xrichx saidLooks like an Aston Martin. The rear on the red one is awful. The blue one is less awful. icon_neutral.gif

    I still think the current Mustang is the best looking one so far.


    I thought the same thing.
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    May 08, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    The Evos concept was assumed to be the influence for the next Mustang and that still remains to be seen. Some of that concept still shows up in the Ford Fusion.

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    Personally I like the blue Evos Mustang rendering but Ford continues with win each month with sales of the retro Mustang so they must be doing something right.
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    May 08, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    ATC84 said but Ford continues with win each month with sales of the retro Mustang so they must be doing something right.


    The Mustang continues to lose in sales to the Camaro. In 2010 the Camaro sold 81k units and the Mustang 73k. In 2011 Camaro sold 89k and the Mustang 71k.
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    May 08, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    voted ugly as fuck.
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    May 08, 2012 2:26 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    The Mustang continues to lose in sales to the Camaro. In 2010 the Camaro sold 81k units and the Mustang 73k. In 2011 Camaro sold 89k and the Mustang 71k.


    Since both the Mustang and Camaro are retro muscle then it isn't a question of departing the current styling trend.

    Meanwhile more fluid or alien designs like the Genesis Coupe do not come anywhere close to the Mustang or Camaro in sales. I'd say that is evidence enough.
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    May 08, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    ECnAZ said
    The Mustang continues to lose in sales to the Camaro. In 2010 the Camaro sold 81k units and the Mustang 73k. In 2011 Camaro sold 89k and the Mustang 71k.


    Since both the Mustang and Camaro are retro muscle then it isn't a question of departing the current styling trend.

    Meanwhile more fluid or alien designs like the Genesis Coupe do not come anywhere close to the Mustang or Camaro in sales. I'd say that is evidence enough.


    The key is that the Camaro does not look retro, and it gained much more popularity due to its appearances in Transformers. The Camaro has a much more modernized exterior design than the Mustang (or the Challenger). I think the bigger key for the Camaro's success is that, though retro, it's seen by consumers as a fresh, new design. The Camaro's design, prior to its original discontinuation was nothing like the current one dating back to the 70's. So when it was released in 2009/2010, there was no connection to the ones seen on the road already. The same isn't true for Mustang where it's been essentially an evolution of the design almost year after year dating back to 1994.
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    May 08, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    That doesn't look like a ford mustang, it looks like another one of those ugly, dinky, foreign imports.
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    May 08, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    The key is that the Camaro does not look retro, and it gained much more popularity due to its appearances in Transformers. The Camaro has a much more modernized exterior design than the Mustang (or the Challenger). I think the bigger key for the Camaro's success is that, though retro, it's seen by consumers as a fresh, new design. The Camaro's design, prior to its original discontinuation was nothing like the current one dating back to the 70's. So when it was released in 2009/2010, there was no connection to the ones seen on the road already. The same isn't true for Mustang where it's been essentially an evolution of the design almost year after year dating back to 1994.


    The exact term for the Camaro from when GM showcased the concept in 2006 was: "a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional design cloaking state-of-the-art technology."

    Read more: http://www.superchevy.com/features/camaro/sucp_0605_concept_camaro_analysis/index.html#ixzz1uI86zKoy

    So yes it does fit the bill as a retro design because retro by definition is paying homage or highlighting elements reminiscent of things past. If anything the Mustang is not an evolution of the post fox body Mustangs but more of a combination paying tribute to the 1960's stangs. The Camaro brings to the table just as much heritage elements as the Mustang.



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    May 08, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    It doesn't look at all like a mustang.... but it is very hot.
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    May 08, 2012 3:32 PM GMT
    It's better than the Evo, but it looks like the Mustang is going through its metrosexual, european phase.
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    May 08, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    I thought that that design was used for the Fusion.
    I saw a different pic of the Mustang in one of the car mags this month. It looks to have that same side profile of the car shown here if I remember correctly, it gave it a more futuristic look. However, the front and rear ends looked like a Mustang. Maybe it was some artist rendering though but it was just as nice with the European flair. Ford trying to redefine the American muscle car?
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    May 08, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    The F series trucks and mustangs will remain american and true to their roots. The rest of ford's lineup is 100% european now due to much better design, quality and handling.

    American fords cannot compete with japanese competition.

    The mustang and F series trucks have their own niche market and do not need to
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    May 08, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidIt's better than the Evo, but it looks like the Mustang is going through its metrosexual, european phase.


    this is a good thing as in the past, we in America have gotten the shorter end of the stick while Europe gets much better versions of the Fords we get. The new Focus is a perfect example of this as the previous-generation American one was an atrocity compared to its European contemporary. The company is reinventing itself right now and some people are bound to not like the change but it will, in the long run, strengthen Ford's position in the auto market as well as improve its image.

    Also, bear in mind that Mercury, Ford's midrange company, has been dismantled now, leaving only Ford and Lincoln as the two "American" companies run by Ford Motors. It seems only logical that Ford expand its lineup into former Mercury territory.
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    May 08, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    The first two pictures (the red prototypes) look a lot like the Mazda's concept car called the Shinari, which I think is more aesthetically pleasing to the eye by a long shot. It's like Ford stole the side-view mirrors and the headlights right off the Shinari, and designed a similar grill and mimicked the overall lines of the car.

    I prefer the Mazda Shinari conept 1000 fold over this Ford concept car!!

    Here's the Mazda Shinari (which was debuted way before this Ford):

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    May 08, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Impolish saidThe F series trucks and mustangs will remain american and true to their roots. The rest of ford's lineup is 100% european now due to much better design, quality and handling.

    American fords cannot compete with japanese competition.

    The mustang and F series trucks have their own niche market and do not need to


    The better term is Fords lineup is become more global with the same basic car being shared across mutiple markets. It is a matter of pushing the economies of scale, not superior European models.

    Most automakers are heading down that same route. The next Honda Accord sedan for example will not be a specific North American model but will be the same model shared around the globe.

    European Accord = American Acura TSX
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    May 08, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    I have an interesting point of view since I walk everywhere, and have for the better part of a decade. However, I do have a thing for vintage, classic, muscle cars. One of the few things in life that I will admire even if it's filthy and beaten up. Nothing much aside from Men get that kinds of attention from me. *Well as long as the seats are clean* The "new-classics" are alright, but though they appeal to my desire for strength and beauty; but to put "classic" on the label, makes it hard to swallow. I prefer them to just be what they are; new muscle cars. No angles.
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    May 08, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    If there's anything more inaccurate than a concept car, it's a crude Photoshop like this so-called Mustang.

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    May 08, 2012 6:34 PM GMT
    ATC84 said
    ECnAZ said
    The key is that the Camaro does not look retro, and it gained much more popularity due to its appearances in Transformers. The Camaro has a much more modernized exterior design than the Mustang (or the Challenger). I think the bigger key for the Camaro's success is that, though retro, it's seen by consumers as a fresh, new design. The Camaro's design, prior to its original discontinuation was nothing like the current one dating back to the 70's. So when it was released in 2009/2010, there was no connection to the ones seen on the road already. The same isn't true for Mustang where it's been essentially an evolution of the design almost year after year dating back to 1994.


    The exact term for the Camaro from when GM showcased the concept in 2006 was: "a stunning mix of contemporary and traditional design cloaking state-of-the-art technology."

    Read more: http://www.superchevy.com/features/camaro/sucp_0605_concept_camaro_analysis/index.html#ixzz1uI86zKoy

    So yes it does fit the bill as a retro design because retro by definition is paying homage or highlighting elements reminiscent of things past. If anything the Mustang is not an evolution of the post fox body Mustangs but more of a combination paying tribute to the 1960's stangs. The Camaro brings to the table just as much heritage elements as the Mustang.





    Thanks, i know what retro means and i was not refuting that the Camaro was retro. The key is it doesn't LOOK retro as much as the Mustang does. Actually, the Mustang probably looks more aged than retro.
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    May 08, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said
    Thanks, i know what retro means and i was not refuting that the Camaro was retro. The key is it doesn't LOOK retro as much as the Mustang does. Actually, the Mustang probably looks more aged than retro.


    If that is your opinion then I have no problem with that. As mentioned earlier more futurastic Genesis Coupe and 350Z designs fail to capture as much as the market as the Mustang or Camaro.

    A new Mustang comes in 2015 anyways and even if it isn't a car I'd own I'll look forward to it.
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    May 09, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    I think the front end is what isn't working in the rendition. Other than that, I'm fine with it icon_smile.gif
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    May 09, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    How much you wanna bet this turns out to be the Edsel of the Mustang series?