Mustang sallies south
The next-generation muscle car is en route to our roads
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.
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