3rd October 2014
Ford has announced that for the first time the classic Ford Mustang will be available in Europe as of 2015. Speaking at the Paris Motor Show Ford's executive vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa Stephen Odell said The Mustang's reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. "The new Mustang is modern, technologically advanced and creative, without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations."
Since it was first introduced to the U.S in 1964, the Mustang has been something of a legend featuring in a host of films, televisions shows and adverts. The very first appearance of a Ford Mustang in a film was in Goldfinger with Sean Connery who drove a white Mustang convertible, since then it has gone on to appear in over 500 films. The Mustang has also had a phenomenal reach on social media, it is so far the most 'liked' car ever on Facebook.
To date Ford has sold 9 million Mustangs worldwide and with it about to hit Europe that number is likely to soar.
The new Ford Mustang will be available in fastback and convertible models and will feature a host of new specifications for its European market. Ford have kept the iconic design of the mustang with its low roof, long sculpted bonnet and wide stance, this version though will feature updated designs such as three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps, and a modern version of the signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front bumper.
Ford understand the needs of their European customers and that's why along with the acclaimed 5.0‑litre V8 engine there will be the option of an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which offers turbocharged performance with the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.
As well as a range of powerful engines the Mustang has a waft of new car technology including Selectable Drive Modes which allows you to quickly adjust your steering, engine response, transmission and electronic stability control settings at the touch of a button. The new Mustang will be one of the first vehicles in Europe to offer SYNC 2; Ford's highly advanced infotainment system. The SYNC 2 has an 8-inch colour touch screen display which can be cleverly split into 2 screens to give detailed guides on intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction, landmark views, and the Michelin travel guide. The infotainment system also has a voice controlled navigation system where you can simply push a button ask where the nearest Italian restaurant is and it will display a list of nearby restaurants for you.
Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer said of the European Mustang "From day one, we knew if we were going to build a new Mustang, we had to do it right," "We built a new Mustang from the ground up that is fast, great-looking, refined and efficient, without losing any of the raw appeal that people around the world have associated with Mustang for decades."