Mus­tang sallies south

The next-gen­er­a­tion mus­cle car is en route to our roads

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axle in favour of an in­de­pen­dent rear and cars sold in Bri­tain are also expected to lose the sig­na­ture 5.0-litre V8 in favour of a 3.7-litre V6 or even a 2.0-litre EcoBoost mo­tor, sim­i­lar to the one now pow­er­ing the four-cylin­der Fal­con.

‘‘ You only have to look at the in­cred­i­ble re­sponse to Mus­tang when it has ap­peared this sum­mer at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, in the UK, and at the Le Mans Clas­sic, in France, to get a sense of the ex­cite­ment this Amer­i­can icon gen­er­ates across Europe,’’ Ford of Europe’s CEO Stephen Odell said.

The same sen­ti­ment ex­ists in Aus­tralia, where small-vol­ume im­porters make a de­cent liv­ing con­vert­ing left-drive ver­sions of the pony car for lo­cal use.

Ford Aus­tralia is tight-lipped on the com­pany’s plan to pro­duce a sub-com­pact car that will be sized and priced be­low the Fi­esta.

Ford head Alan Mul­laly con­firmed the com­pany was con­sid­er­ing a sub-com­pact for global sales un­der the One Ford strat­egy but the Aus­tralian arm had lit­tle joy with the Ka that was sold here from 1999-2002.

Times have changed but Ford Aus­tralia wouldn’t want to can­ni­balise sales of the Fi­esta light car, which has lost mar­ket share this year. A facelifted Fi­esta was launched ear­lier this month and is now a five-star safety car across the range af­ter the base-model CL man­ual was fit­ted with side cur­tains and a driver’s knee bag. The price of the en­try-level small car has also been cut by $1500, to $15,490.

Ford has also trimmed $1200 from the mid-spec Fi­esta LX and $500 off the Fi­esta Zetec as it aims to boost mar­ket share.

Pony ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est: The next one of these could be ours

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