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Ford confirms FWD Mustang for 2021

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DEARBORN - Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced this morning that the next iteration of the venerable Mustang, to appear in 2021, will for the first time be available in either front-wheel drive or front-wheel-biased all-wheel-drive. To be built on the global Mondeo platform, the base model will be powered by a turbocharged two-cylinder gas engine, followed by a turbocharged three-cylinder in the Palladium trim and a turbocharged four-cylinder in the GT model. Manual transmissions will not be offered in North American markets. A 1.5-liter diesel, another Mustang first, will be available only in Europe.

Niles Kohlert, chief of platform design, commented: "This move has been a long time coming. The cornerstone of the "One Ford" philosophy is to have every car and crossover nameplate we sell be built on the same platform and be essentially the same vehicle. Moving the Mustang from being a unique product offering, which has high development cost, to a Fusion coupé with sequential taillamps is the most significant aspect of the plan." Morgenne King-Conn, of the millenial wing of the marketing department, added: "This is a bold move that will bring new and younger customers into Ford showrooms by offering a generic driving experience similar to the cars they are familiar with."

Ford's previous attempt to switch the Mustang to a Mazda-derived front-wheel drive layout in the late 1980s was met with great disapproval, causing that proposed car to become the Probe and allowing the Mustang to remain in its traditional configuration.

The move was met with skepticism from some Ford dealers. Martin Buescher, of Imperial Ford in Muskrat Springs, Wisconsin, is concerned. "Many of our Mustang buyers come into the showroom because they're specifically looking for a Mustang. They want the rear-wheel drive layout, V8 engine, and the allure of a performance tradition spanning over a half-century. I fear that the sales we'll lose to Chevrolet will outweigh any Mazda, Mistubishi, or Subaru drivers we attract.

Ford sold 122,000 Mustangs in 2015. It expects the redesigned model will sell over 175,000 units annually.

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14 minutes ago, Stocker said:

To be built on the global Mondeo platform, the base model will be powered by a turbocharged two-cylinder gas engine, followed by a turbocharged three-cylinder in the Palladium trim and a turbocharged four-cylinder in the GT model. Manual transmissions will not be offered in North American markets. A 1.5-liter diesel, another Mustang first, will be available only in Europe.

So where'd you find this April's Fools bit? :D

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Sadly not so far from the truth...

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On 4/1/2016 at 5:51 PM, Kodachrome Wolf said:

So where'd you find this April's Fools bit? :D

Straight off the teletype in my head ;)

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