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Motor Trend looks to 2014's Ford Mustang


2011 Mustang GT 5.0

2011 Mustang GT 5.0

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 The 50th anniversary of the mustang is going to be a head-scratcher for Ford, according to our colleagues at Motor Trend.

The 2014 Ford Mustang was going to use the underpinnings of Ford Australia’s Falcon platform, similar to GM’s use of the Holden Commodore platform for the Chevrolet Camaro.

Motor Trend says that this plan is no longer feasible due to a slump in Ford Falcon sales, upcoming fuel and emissions regulations requiring a light-weight platform and a soon to be lack of finances for Ford to develop the new Mustang.

So with the unfortunate death of the next generation Falcon, what’s going to happen with the next Mustang?

Motor Trend comes to the conclusion, according to the guarantee of the next Mustang retaining its rear-wheel drive, that the new car will be the basis of Ford’s “global rear-wheel drive platform.

Upcoming emission and fuel economy standards are going to require the Mustang to shed some pounds and go down a size or two, creating a car suited for European and Asian markets.

While 2011 holds some great anticipation with what we know now, the 2014 Mustang is still an enigma.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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  1. I'd heard a rumor that Ford would abandon the retro styling in 2014. I REALLY hope not. In fact, I hope they make it CLOSER to the classic 60s Mustangs. Of the three retro cars, I got to admit the Challenger looks the best, because it's also closest to the classic body style.
     
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  2. Hope they put the F150 Ecoboost V-6 with 375 HP+ with a 7-speed dual clutch that should be good for 35 MPG highway. Dump the cheap looking retro and make it more Lambo looking.
     
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