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.

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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5 Comments

  1. The version of the Mustang done by that Italian design studio a few years ago was stunning. More of that, please.

  2. I assume the platform for the next Mustang will be shared with a few Aussie Falcons. Maybe we’ll finally see the return of a RWD Lincoln as well.

  3. Dont think ONE FORD needs to go global with the Mustang!!!!!

    The Mustang should and always be American design!!!!

    Cloning Mustang with global themes will surely delute the Mustang Brand!!

    Also they do not need to make the mistake and create a smaller Mustang , ala Mustang 11 again!!! a refreshing new Mustang yes!, but if the styling is have Fords global look then no!

    I predict this ONE FORD Product stragety will not work! Ford mabe doing well, but none of there products except F Series trucks and Fusion are strong performers, GM has the right product now and its beginning to show! Ford never should have stopped Mercury, and Buick is taking advantage of Fords mistake!

  4. Imho
    when talking about cars there are only 3 nationalities:
    – carguy
    – sheeple
    – beancounter

    There are dedicated Mustang fans all over the world. I have high hopes for new interpretations of its design DNA – maybe even a purer rendition.
    &
    @Luke,
    imho the Mustang will generate a couple Lincoln 3-series alternatives, coupecabrio and sportsedan;
    while the Falcon will ‘mate’ with a somewhat larger future Continental — it won’t hurt the Falcon to be slightly ‘over-built’ which will suit Australia’s rugged requirements.

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