Mustang coming our way
Ford's iconic model is heading over this side of the world, writes Martin Brennan
AMERICA'S most famous muscle car, the Ford Mustang, is prancing into showrooms across Europe for the first time in its 50-year history. But petrol heads here will have to wait some time as deliveries of the first models are not expected until early 2015.
The iconic model, which featured in two James Bond movies, Goldfinger and Thunderball, and in the famous chase scene in Bullitt with Steve McQueen has notched up nine million sales since 1964 and has the distinction of being the world's most liked car on Facebook .
Bill Ford, chairman of the Ford Motor Co, who is the great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, was in Barcelona last week to make the official announcement. He took the opportunity to reveal that Ford is in the process of launching 25 new models on the European market during a five-year period to 2017.
The next new arrivals will include the Edge, an American SUV larger than the Kuga, and a new version of the KA mini town car.
The Mustang, a two-door four-seater, will come in two body styles, convertible and fastback. There will be a choice of two engines, a mind-blowing 5-litre V 8 426 bhp unit and an all-new 2.3 litre EcoBoost 209 bhp unit which is being manufactured for the European market in Valencia, Spain.
The Mustang will continue to be assembled in Detroit. In Ireland and Europe, it will target models such as the Audi A5 and the BMW 4 series. Prices are expected to be in the region of €45,000 to €50,000 although Ford says no prices have been decided yet.