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Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

Ford Motor Company revealed that the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car for 2016. This is in addition to being the best-selling sports car in the U.S. for five decades. The claim is not without basis with the brand using facts obtained from the new vehicle registration data of HIS Markit for the sports car class. Data showed that for 2016, 150,000 units of the Mustang were sold. Compared to 2015, global sales for 2016 had gone up 6%. The increase was due to a 101% market growth having sold around 45,000 units outside the U.S.

Indeed, the biggest factor for increased sales in 2016 was the global rollout with excellent sales experienced in China and Germany. While it was just officially launched in China back in 2015, the Mustang has become that country’s best-selling sports car as well. Sales in 2016 for instance increased by 74% compared to 2015 figures.

While the Mustang is showing excellent sales in big markets, it is also popular in small markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang found abandoned in the California desert after 49 years

What would you do if you found an abandoned car, in the middle of nowhere? Report it, sell it, or just leave it where you have found it?

Well, in the case of Hugo Sanchez, I would say that he’s one lucky guy! Sanchez had recently discovered an abandoned car in the Baja California Sur. It was a white Bullitt Mustang, in poor condition. So, just like any other person, he brought it to a repair shop, supposedly to have it restored and repainted to turn it into a replica of the ‘Eleanor’ from the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. But to his surprise, he had actually brought in the real thing. To many people, especially car aficionados, this car is considered a “treasure.”

How can an abandoned Mustang be that valuable? Well, if it is rare and was once used by an iconic person, then its value will be off the charts. Apparently, the car he had found was one of the two cars Steve McQueen used in his 1968 film. Yup, as in 49 years ago! This was the legendary Bullitt Mustang that fans once believed have been missing for the longest time!

Read the entire article Steve McQueen’s Bullitt Mustang found abandoned in the California desert after 49 years

Ford is showing off 2018 Mustang at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Aiming to build hype for its 2018 Ford Mustang, the American automaker is showing the face-lifted sports coupe at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Just like other carmakers displaying their wares in Chicago, Ford is also showing potential customers what the new Ford Mustang could offer to them.

While it is the first time that Ford showed the 2018 iteration of the pony car, the Chicago Auto Show presents a good chance for those who are still aching to see the new Ford Mustang, which now features a redesigned front end and a restyled rear end.

On the outside, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is now provided with lower remodeled hood, which is around an inch (2.54 cm) lower than before. This bonnet and its matching vents – now repositioned -- give the 2018 Ford Mustang a more aggressive and more dynamic appearance on the road. Its upper and lower front grilles also received a bit of remodeling. Moreover, Ford gave the new Mustang a set of all-LED headlight lights with available fog lamps.

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The Rock inadvertently leaks existence of future 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Will there be another Bullitt Mustang in the near future? There could be, if we base our conclusions on the recent accidental leak of the new Ford Mustang Bullitt’s existence.

Hitting the big screen in 1968, Bullitt is definitely one of the epic and classic films ever shown. Its iconic importance has been cemented by the fact that it was selected in 2007 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, as Bullitt is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Sharing the same legend as the film’s main protagonist (Police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, played by Steve McQueen) is the car that he drove during the now epic car chase – a 1968 Ford Mustang GT. Commonly called as the Mustang Bullitt, this epic car has been resurrected many times in forms of commemorative editions in 2001 and 2009. Ford built 5,582 examples of the Mustang Bullitt in 2001 and followed it up with 816 units in 2009. Because of its epic status, it is no wonder that motorists from a whole new generation are still excited about the prospect of a new Mustang Bullitt appearing in the near future. However, Ford has been silent on whether there is indeed an endeavor to recreate a Mustang Bullitt, as derived from the latest generation of the Ford Mustang.

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Ford will commence sales of the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang in the fall. But before that, let’s pause for a moment to admire the 2017 Ford Mustang. Moreover, Carlex Design has taken on the challenge of updating a 2017 Ford Mustang and we have to say that it doesn’t disappoint in any way.

Carlex Design has been known for its specialization on vehicle interiors. The company’s interior projects and custom builds are heavily anticipated. In addition, Carlex Design has been known for creating highly precise and detailed interiors that make use of high quality and precious materials like exotic leathers and expensive metals – all of which are crafted by hand.

One of Carlex Design’s latest custom builds involved the 2017 Ford Mustang. Carlex Design has yet to fully unveil the interior of this work. However, the Poland-based company is kind enough to provide us a few teasers of its latest project.

Read the entire article Carlex Design teases new custom-built interior for 2017 Ford Mustang

The new Ford Mustang muscle car looks menacing and is surely quick and fast. But it seems its European version isn’t as safe as the pony car intended for the United States. This was recently revealed in the latest crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

Euro NCAP has already commenced subjecting new vehicles to its 2017 test regime. Among the first vehicles to undergo crash tests were the Euro-spec Mustang as well as the new Volvo S90 and V90. While the Volvo S90 and V90 were both impressive, the Euro-spec 2017 Ford Mustang was a disappointment. According to Euro NCAP, both the Volvo S90 and V90 – with maximum five-star ratings -- were able to exceed the best overall test scores of any model subjected to crash tests in 2016. Euro NCAP attributed these ratings to the fact the Volvo S90 and V90 are fitted – as standard -- with autonomous emergency braking for cars and pedestrians and are offering lane and speed assistance. In addition, the S90 and V90 are now two of the best three Euro NCAP scores. Interestingly, the third one was also a Volvo.

As for the Euro-spec Ford Mustang – in its pre-facelift version – the pony car just managed to earn a dismal two-star rating. This was a far cry from the five-star rating that its American version received from the New Car Assessment Program of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration years ago. In addition, the American-spec 2017 Ford Mustang managed to earn satisfying ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gave the pony car an "acceptable" rating in the small overlap front test, and a "good" rating in the moderate overlap front, side head restraints & seats, and roof strength tests.

Read the entire article 2017 Ford Mustang gets only two stars in Euro NCAP’s crash tests

Perhaps to make the upcoming Valentine’s day more special, Tinder dating app and Ford UK have cooked up a special blind date for all the single blokes and chicks in the block. The Valentine treat consists of a date (or a hookup) onboard a Ford Mustang GT convertible. Here’s how it all began.

Aside from finding a new partner, the contest policy is probably the most exciting part of this whole thing. The real user profile is anonymously hidden under a photo of a Ford Mustang. So as you can see, there’s an element of mystery to start with.

If you happened to be one of those who are interested, all you needed to do was “swipe to the right” when you see a profile that says; “It’s the date you’ve been waiting for, Ford Mustang wants to take you on a blind date like no other”.

Read the entire article Tinder and Ford unite to arrange special blind dates in a Mustang

Ford has just recently unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang, and as it turned out, the carmaker gave its beloved pony car a facelift. There have been mixed reactions about the changes made to the 2018 Ford Mustang – some were pleased and others were not. But still, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is a magnificent muscled sports car with dazzling looks and mesmerizing performance.

At this junction, many are already expecting Ford to create a convertible version of the Mustang. It was only logical, since the Ford Mustang for the 2017 model year also featured a number of convertibles, including the Mustang V6 Convertible, Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible and the Mustang GT Premium Convertible. However, for the 2018 model year, Ford only unveiled images of the hardtop variants. It may take several more months before the Detroit carmaker finally reveals their open-top counterparts.

However, thanks to X-Tomi Design, an automotive visual artist from Hungary, we might be already looking at the convertible version of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. X-Tomi Design is becoming notoriously known for rendering seemingly actual images of future or possible versions of any new vehicle offering. For its latest project, X-Tomi Design chose the 2018 Mustang GT as the base model and decided to render out a convertible variant.

Read the entire article This is what the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible would look like

Ford Mustang customers won’t be able to specify the V6 powerplant for the latest iteration of the carmaker’s pony car. This comes as the new 2018 Ford Mustang is saying goodbye to its 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine.

The V6 engine had been one of the available powerplants for the Mustang along with the 2.3-liter GTDI I-4 engine (Four Cylinder EcoBoost) and the 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine. While it has more cylinders (six vs. four) and higher displacement (3.7 liters vs. 2.3 liters) than the four-cylinder EcoBoost, the larger naturally aspirated V6 simply loses in terms of power output and torque as well as fuel efficiency.

In the 2017 Ford Mustang, the V6 engine provides 300 hp of max output at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 4,000 rpm. This engine boasts of EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined both in manual and automatic transmissions. The smaller yet turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine offers better figures.

Read the entire article Ford drops V6 engine, offers 10-speed automatic gearbox for 2018 Mustang

Ford has good news to customers and potential clients avidly waiting for the hybrid versions of the Ford Mustang and Ford F-150 – they will be coming in the next few years. The Mustang hybrid and the F-150 hybrid are just two of the 13 electrified vehicles that Ford is planning to add to its global lineup.

Seven of these 13 electrified offerings will be launched by the American carmaker in the next five years, including the hybrid versions of the Mustang and the F-150. Ford is planning to introduce the hybrid variant of the F-150 pickup by the end of the decade in North America and the Middle East. Just like the conventional F-150, the hybrid version would offer outstanding towing and payload capacity. If needed, the F-150 hybrid could serve as a mobile generator.

Meanwhile, the hybrid version of the Mustang muscle car will utilize a V8 engine complementing electric motors. Thanks to this setup, the Mustang could offer low-end torque. Ford will build the Mustang Hybrid at its Flat Rock Plant and will launch it in 2020 in North America.

Read the entire article Hybrid versions of Ford Mustang and F-150 to arrive in 2020

If you think that police authorities in Germany hate tuned cars, think again. They love tuned cars, but only safe ones. In fact, for every year around a decade now, the German Police (Polizei) has been getting a new tuned car. For 2017, the German Police’s new toy is a new Ford Mustang GT powered by a tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Dubbed as the “Wolf Wide 5.0” this tuned Mustang GT is a special concept car that intently preaches an initiative called "TUNE IT! SAFE!" The TUNE IT! SAFE! campaign is initiated by Verband der Automobil Tuner (Association of German Vehicle Tuners, or VDAT) with support from the German Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development. VDAT is a group of companies in the local tuning industry, similar to the Specialty Equipment Market Association in the United States.

For the 2017 iteration of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative, VDAT commissioned Ford tuning specialist Wolf Racing to do the honors, and that led to the creation of the Wolf Wide 5.0. Wolf Racing started off with a Ford Mustang GT powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that could provide 421 hp (310 kW) of max output.

Read the entire article German Police flaunts modified Ford Mustang GT as face of TUNE IT! SAFE! Campaign

Ford sure knows how to excite and thrill its customers. This comes as Ford is offering its customers in Europe the chance to own not just one, but two special editions of the Ford Mustang.

Created exclusively for the European market, these Mustang special editions are based on the Mustang GT Fastback and come with an array of high-level elements that includes heated and cooled seats, as well as the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with navigation, and a premium audio system.

Ford’s SYNC 3 system – featuring an eight-inch touchscreen – allows drivers to locate pertinent places nearby like gas stations, restaurants, or even car parks just by pressing a button and saying “I need petrol,” “I need a coffee,” or “I need to park.”

Read the entire article Ford unveils Black Shadow and Blue special edition Mustang models exclusive for Europe

The Yuletide season is just around the corner. Tagged as the time for giving and receiving, the Yuletide season usually brings joy and smile to small kids. Why not add a little bit of thrill? That’s a welcome proposition, and children’s cars could well take care of that.

For that reason, toymaker Fisher-Price has been making Power Wheels, small rides made especially for toddlers, preschoolers and even young grade-schoolers. Just recently, Ford and Fisher-Price teamed up to produce a Power Wheels version of the current sixth-generation Mustang but with a little bit of twist, allowing kids small kids to experience a more exciting and close-to-reality driving fun and enjoyment.

Called as the new Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang, this could be considered as the most advanced Power Wheels so far. This is mainly because the Smart Drive Mustang has been designed and created using actual Ford design data. Based on the V8 trim of the Ford Mustang, the Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang looks and feels like the real thing. That is not all though.

Read the entire article Fisher-Price Power Wheels Smart Drive Mustang is the perfect gift for budding car fans

A forum post in Mustang6G and a succeeding blog post have revealed some interesting details regarding the 2018 Ford Mustang. While there may not be a lot of details divulged, there is enough to get an idea of what to expect. We get for instance an idea of what colors to expected for the regular version and the Shelby.

In terms of transmissions though, it will still use the automatic version but instead of the 6-speed unit, it is fitted with a 10-speed one. This is the same one inside the Raptor and even some of the F-150 models. The shift is not that surprising considering that this can be seen as the best next step and if equipped correctly, can enhance not only performance but efficiency as well.

On the outside, there is the possibility that the 2018 Ford Mustang will have new headlights and new taillights too. There is also the chance that the bumpers will be redesigned. At the rear portion, Ford is likely to make a dual exhaust available, though the post does not show on what engine it will be paired with.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang loses V6 engine but gains 10-speed auto and some interesting upgrades

Nobody could be too old to drive a Ford Mustang, and a GT version nonetheless! That is what was just proven by Lennart Ribring, a former businessman from Stockholm, Sweden, when he recently purchased a new Ford Mustang GT as he celebrated his 97th birthday. And of course, he will not be chauffeured off in his new Mustang, as he intends to drive it as his personal mobility service. Looks like the thrill and excitement of driving an American muscle still live inside Ribring despite being that old.

Ribring was both in 1919 – a year after the First World War ended and 11 years since Ford commenced the production of its Model T. When he turned 18 in 1937, one of the first things he did was to get his driving license, and from then on his passion for driving started to grow and continue even though he is now 97 years of age.

When the Ford Mustang became available in the 1960s, Ribring was one of the first people in Sweden who had the privilege to own this piece of iconic pony car. More than half of a century later, Ribring – knowing what it feels to drive a Mustang – got himself treated to the latest iteration of the pony, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT.

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Celebrated tuner Zero to 60 Designs revealed that when it displayed its GTT Concept car during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show) held in Las Vegas, the model was received well by many of those who participated. However the tuning company said while the most of the attention was positive, the legal team of Ford communicated with the company regarding the concept car. To its credit, said legal team did not issue a cease-and-desist letter but instead wanted clarification with the name.

In line with this and in order to avoid additional confusion, the tuner said that it will be redesigning the logo and that the official name is not the Ford Mustang GTT but instead Zero to 60 Designs GTT. This move to avoid any legal issues is not without basis as such things are common in the industry. California-based Singer Vehicle Design for example had to face legal action initiated by Porsche to make sure that the modified cars by the latter was not made by the former.

Thus the practice now is to name it as the Porsche 911 reimagined by Singer Vehicle Design. It is obvious that Zero to 60 Designs does not want to experience the same with Ford. Zero to 60 Designs though reveals that it has never called its concept car as the Ford Mustang GTT and it is likely that the confusion is due to the phrase being used by several automotive-related publications.

Read the entire article Zero to 60 Designs revises GTT logo to distinguish it from Mustang GT, Ford GT

California-based company Zero to 60 Designs showed off a rather flattering tribute to the new Ford GT, but it looks like Ford’s lawyers are not taking it easy on this one.

A cease-and-desist order was sent to Zero to 60 Design for creating the Mustang GTT. The Mustang GTT looks very convincing that one would think Ford actually made it which is why the American automaker’s lawyers were quick to act.

Showcased at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GTT was custom fabricated in Zero to 60 Design’s facility in Corona, California, sporting a new bodywork. In just six weeks, Zero to 60 Designs was able to complete the transformation of a relatively brand-new Mustang GT coupe into this amazing creation; relatively new because it was driven for 300 miles (482 kilometers) before this transformation.

Read the entire article Ford Makes Legal Move Against Zero to 60 Design's Mustang GTT

For the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show (2016 SEMA Show), Ford made sure to bring six Mustangs, all of which have been heavily modified.

One of these was made specifically for the 2016 SEMA -- the Pearl Candy Orange Mustang convertible. Among the many features, it has Wilwood brakes, AFE intercooler, roolver bar, Forgeline wheels, body kit, and nitrous oxide system. On the inside is an airbag suspension with the dashboard coming in orange with the entire interior having an orange contrast stitch.

Another example is the one by Speedkore Performance Group which is a modified 2017 Mustang GT fastback. MRT provided a supercharged Mustang variant equipped with the EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine while VMP Performance contributed as well with the customized version of the 6th generation Mustang. The fifth customized model is from Revology Cars which is in fact a 1966 Shelby GT350.

Read the entire article Timeless Kustoms presents 1965 Vicious Mustang with 1,000 hp at 2016 SEMA Show

The Ford Mustang is well-known to have a long history of having what may be the most versatile of performance platforms there is. Whether making a mark at a racing circuit or participating at drag racing, the use of the right modifications can lead to victory.

For those who want to get the opportunity to start competing immediately at the tracks, Ford is offering the new Mustang GT4. Officially unveiled during the 2016 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association Show in Las Vegas, the new Mustang GT4 delivers a complete package that customers will surely love.

With this, customers will be able to participate in a number of race series like the GT4 European Series, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Read the entire article 2016 SEMA: Ford Mustang GT4 is your global race car

For the 2016 SEMA Show, there are a number of modified Mustangs being displayed. There is for example VMP Performance’s 2017 GT concept which due to the TVS supercharger fitted on the V8 engine allows for output at 851 hp with torque of 703 lbs.-ft. Another example is the 2017 Fusion Sport Ballistic concept done by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America. But amidst all of the modified Mustangs being exhibited, there is one unit that stands apart from all the rest and this is the 2017 Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Mustang. In fact, there will only be 50 units of this model to be produced.

What helps this version stand out is the wide range of gold highlights being placed on the customized body. Then there are the alloy 20-inch wheels that are chrome-plated. Though this version is based on the standard Mustang GT, the Hurst Kenne Bell has a more aggressive look and this is owed to the extended side skirts and splitter on the front with the rear section having the wing mounted on the trunk and a customized diffuser with the quad exhaust tips on each side.

On the interior, there are various changes implemented like being fitted with the Recaro body-hugging seats in the front with a leather finish and a black and pearl white combination. Complementing the seats are the matching stitching found on the door panels and the console lid. Rounding off the customized Mustang look for the interior are the Hurst floor mats.

Read the entire article SEMA: 2017 Hurst Kenne Bell R-Code Ford Mustang excites onlookers with 750 hp, gold accents
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