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Ford (F -0.1%) plans to move away with the retro look of its Mustang model with new versions as...

Ford (F -0.1%) plans to move away with the retro look of its Mustang model with new versions as it attempts to boost sales to Generation Y buyers. Though the iconic car will retain its classic shark-nosed grille and round headlights, starting with the 2014 model year it will more closely resemble a Ford Fusion than the Mustang of yesteryear.
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  • leadingimage
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    Oh, man! Not another attempt at a "New Coke"! When the trend in Pony cars is to beef up the retro look, why go against the market? Mustang drivers today are looking for a real muscle car that looks like one. They don't care about fuel efficiency or practicality. They want a mean looking street dragster. Why sell them anything else?

     

    Mustang (and its GM and Chrysler counterparts) is all about image and emotion. Raw power and blow the doors off straightway performance. A Harley looks like a Harley. Why mess with the look of another American Icon?

     

    Very worrisome.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • rhiannion
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    Finally do something that looks classic and already running back to the herd - after all it isn't good when you can tell one make, model, and year from another. That would be something if you could tell one from the other without looking for the insignia.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • A Newell
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    I think that this, my friends, is a mistake.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • Forever Hungry
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    It makes sense... Look at the success the Camaro is having in terms of sales. The current Mustang is in many ways a better car than the current Camaro but sales numbers tell the story of what the consumer wants! It's too bad though, I do love my mustangs! Go Ford!
    16 Apr 2012, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • A Newell
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    To me, the classic Mustang is a forever car. Trying to make it into something it is not, is a mistake and a missed opportunity. This at the time when Ford is looking over its shoulder at VW. They should play on their strength and popularity...not some new twisted idea.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • richventure
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    I owned a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang (Caspian Blue) and I loved it! I sold it only because I married and had a baby boy and it was too small for a family car. I should have kept it.

     

    It was fast, sporty, reliable, a real head-turner... If they come back to that design they should not change it too much. The retro- look will sell. I have 10,000 shares of Ford and say "YES! GO FOR IT!"
    16 Apr 2012, 12:38 PM Reply Like
  • Edmond Overbey
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    My 10,000 shares agree.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • englewoodranger7
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    In 2005, Ford introduced the Mustang retro look with great success. Although the last few years models have deviated, it still looks like a Mustang but to make it look like a Ford Fusion is a big mistake.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • White Sand
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    I was looking forward to buying the 50th for my 50th. This news disturbs me. The Mustang is iconic to baby boomers, not Gen Next. Could be a big mistake like the 'stand of the 80's - The 'Stang will have no sting.
    16 Apr 2012, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • jg1945
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    Add a Fusion Generation Y for that crowd, but leave the metro Mustang as is. Didn't Ford learn anything when they tampered with the Classic T-Birds of the 50's..killing the car by..eventually turning it into a 4 passenger Edsel.
    16 Apr 2012, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • 8-track
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    Well I guess enough time has passed from the failure of the souped up pinto named the Mustang II. I think Ford might have a corporate fear of success syndrome.
    16 Apr 2012, 03:21 PM Reply Like
  • flumeride
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    Is this really true? What a stupid move. If Ford wants a souped up Fusion, then design a souped up Fusion. What's next? A new Mustang that looks like a Crown Victoria?
    16 Apr 2012, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • galenfa1
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    If they do to the Mustang what they did to the Thunderbird they will have made two mistakes. The retro Thunderbird was the biggest mistake since the Edsel
    17 Apr 2012, 12:24 AM Reply Like
  • Forever Hungry
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    I love the retro look of the mustang but I think some of you may be misinterpeting this news... The fusion the mustang is going to based off of is a new model that hasn't hit the lots yet... I advise you to check it out. I'm younger (25) and I think the new fusion looks incredible. I think Ford could hit a home run with this evolutionary design... I hate to be a numbers guy but just look at how well the new Camaro is doing!

     

    New Fusion:
    http://bit.ly/J4jXPs
    17 Apr 2012, 09:26 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Forget the Fusion. It is the Ford Evos Concept that may or may not show some hints of the New Mustang (2015).

     

    Just add some traditional Mustang symbology on the grill, rear end, and flanks, and you may get some idea of the thinking.

     

    http://bit.ly/JxGjns

     

    http://bit.ly/JxH00b

     

    That said, Ford has tried to tinker around with the Mustang formula before (several times actually), which produced such things as the Probe, after Mustang enthusiasts made their feelings known.
    17 Apr 2012, 09:34 AM Reply Like
  • flumeride
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    I think the Evos looks sleek and modern, but they should not play with the mustang. Come up with a new car model, but it would not be wise to mess with the Mustang. Remember the mustang II? What a piece of crap that was. The Evos looks like something to compete with the Nisson Z series.
    17 Apr 2012, 12:55 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Well, everything here and elsewhere appears to be pure speculation based on some anonymous comments from someones that claim they know something. "They" may be simply some imaginative imposters and poseurs that are making their own views known, and are only looking for a real styling insider at Ford to come out and correct them. In any case Ford should release a concept car in the next year or so, which would carry some themes and elements of the real car, and then release the final production intent version a year or so after that.

     

    And yes - the '89 Ford Probe was supposed to be (and nearly was) the Mustang III, before someone put their foot down and sent them back to the drawing board to produce the '94 (4th gen) Mustang.

     

    Might suggest that Ford's Team Mustang knows what they are doing and won't stray too far from the herd. Or "band", as the more-standard name for a group of wild horses in the US. But have a little faith in Ford ... or don't.
    17 Apr 2012, 02:48 PM Reply Like
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