Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ford Builds 10 Millionth Mustang


Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang, America and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight.

Fittingly, the 10-millionth Ford Mustang is a 460-horsepower GT V8 convertible equipped with a 6-speed manual and finished in Wimbledon White. Assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, it matches the first serialized Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 which came with a 164-horsepower V8 and a 3-speed automatic.

“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favorite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car, a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”

Ford is celebrating the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang currently is manufactured.

During its 54-year production history, Mustang also was built in San Jose, Calif., Metuchen, N.J., and the original Mustang production facility in Dearborn, Michigan.

The Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years, based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit. It has also been the best-selling fixed roof sportscar in the world for three years straight.

Now on its sixth generation, the Ford Mustang also has the distinction of having the most Facebook likes compared to any other vehicle nameplate.

Ford Mustang Important Launches (by model year)
  • 2019 - Limited-edition Mustang Bullitt with 480 horsepower
  • 2018 - Updated style, new 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and Performance Pack II
  • 2015 - All-new sixth generation Mustang, first with independent rear suspension and Shelby GT350 / GT350R with flat-plane crank 5.2-liter V8
  • 2012 - First Boss 302 since 1971 returns with 444 horsepower V8
  • 2011 - All-new 412-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT debuts
  • 2008 - Iconic Bullitt Mustang returns
  • 2007 - California Special edition returns
  • 2004 - Dearborn Assembly Plant ends 40 years of Mustang production moves to Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
  • 2003 - Mustang Mach 1 model returns with Ram-Air “Shaker” hood scoop
  • 2001 - Debut of Mustang Bullitt limited-edition salute to movie car
  • 2000 - SVT Mustang Cobra "R" race version returns
  • 1993 - Limited production SVT Mustang Cobra debuts
  • 1984 - Mustang SVO debuts
  • 1982 - Mustang GT returns after 12-year absence
  • 1979 - Euro-styled “Fox” platform Mustang debuts
  • 1976 - Cobra II joins the lineup
  • 1974 - Mustang II debuts amid gas crisis; no V8 engine offered until 1975
  • 1970 - Ram-Air “Shaker” hood offered
  • 1969 - High-performance Boss 302 and Boss 429 introduced
  • 1968 - Mustang 390 GT stars with Steve McQueen in “Bullitt”; 428 Cobra Jet engine debuts
  • 1965 - Shelby GT350 introduced; Mustang 2+2 with full fastback roof debuts

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