Ford’s All-American Mustang to be Globally Designed
By Carl Malek
According to Automotive News, Ford will turn to its team of global designers for the look of the next generation Ford Mustang. In addition to the expected input from Ford’s US design team, styling ideas for the new Mustang will be presented by Ford’s European and Australian studios as well as other locations scattered around the world.
Ford claims that this approach is standard practice for most of the company’s new products, and that the global design approach was implemented by the company three years ago. J Mays and the rest of the cars design team will then sort through the proposals and choose the design that best suits the next generation pony car.
In previous Mustang design efforts, the design and image of the car was left solely in the hands of the company’s U.S design studio with no input from Fords other design houses. However, in recent years Ford has seen its fair share of success when it uses input and proposals from its global design network. For example, the recently unveiled global Ford Ranger was designed and penned in Australia with input and tweaks coming from Ford’s European studios.
When asked about how big of an icon the Mustang is out in the global market Derrick Kuzak, Fords Vice president for global development responded by saying, “the Mustang is not just an icon in North America, it’s an icon globally.”
As of this writing, Ford has kept details about the next generation Mustang under lock and key, but Automotive News has mentioned that there are indications that the next chapter of Ford Mustang could gallop its way into reality as late as 2014 or 2015. While that may seem like a long time from now, let’s not forget that the current Mustang is still loads of fun to drive’ and with the long-overdue engine upgrades Ford gave to the car for 2011, it should continue to generate decent sales for Ford in the meantime.