Pony rides this year

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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count­down is fi­nally un­der­way to the first Aus­tralian de­liv­er­ies of the 21st cen­tury Ford Mus­tang.

They should be in their own­ers’ hands in Novem­ber, later than first ex­pected but still in time for early Christ­mas gifts.

More than 1200 peo­ple have al­ready or­dered a Mus­tang and Ford Australia re­ports more than 15,000 ‘ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est’ for the car. To cope with de­mand it has cre­ated a spe­cial web­site – which is only open to deal­ers – for or­ders.

The start­ing price is still to be con­firmed but a four-cylin­der Eco­Boost Mus­tang should be around $50,000, slightly un­der­cut­ting the cur­rent XR8.

Ford Australia is al­ready lob­by­ing for ex­tra cars from the fac­tory at Flat Rock in Michi­gan as right-hand drive pro­duc­tion be­gins for the first time.

“The Mus­tang is drawing peo­ple to Ford well in ad­vance of its ar­rival, and we’ve re­acted quickly to find a way to com­mu­ni­cate with th­ese new po­ten­tial own­ers,” said Bob Graziano, CEO of Ford Australia.

“With more and more cus­tomers com­ing for­ward each week, this new pre-order­ing sys­tem will al­low us to plan and cater to their spe­cific re­quests from the out­set.”

The Mus­tang news comes as Ford ramps up pro­duc­tion of the XR8, af­ter un­der-call­ing de­mand for the sign-off sports sedan and de­cid­ing against an XR8 ute.

Even so, Ford Australia’s sales in 2014 slumped to a 48-year low as sag­ging de­mand for the Fal­con also im­pacted on the rest of the range. It only de­liv­ered 79,703 cars in the worst re­sult since 1966, but took some com­fort in Holden’s score for 2014 which was the com­pany’s worst for 21 years.

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