Testing Begins On All-New Right-Hand-Drive Mustang
- Ford’s new Mustang goes on sale in the U.S. this spring, and globally in more than 120 countries next year
- This is the first time in 50 year history that the Ford Mustang will be available in a factory-built right-hand-drive configuration
- More than 25 new right-hand-drive markets will be able to purchase the new Mustang, including South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom
PRETORIA, South Africa, 18 August 2014 – For the first time ever, a right-hand-drive Ford Mustang will roll off a Ford assembly line when global production begins. The addition of a right-hand-drive Mustang to Ford’s lineup of global vehicles will allow the iconic pony car to be exported to more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including South Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Mustang engineers recently finished construction of the very first right-hand-drive sixth-generation Mustang. The prototype Mustang will be used to conduct various development tests in preparation for the car’s entry into the global market in the coming months.
While the United States is the largest market for Mustang, with more than 9.2 million sales since the car’s debut in 1964, more than 161,000 Mustangs have been sold outside of North America in that time. In 2012 alone, more than 4,000 Mustangs were sold in 35 countries outside of North America, ranging from the United Arab Emirates to Chile to the Philippines.
While Mustang has more than 100 fan clubs around the globe, including South Africa, and was voted “Europe’s Most Wanted Classic Car” by AutoScout24, bringing a right-hand-drive Mustang to market will allow more enthusiasts to experience the car than ever before. The all-new Mustang was also recently shown at Africa’s first ever Go Further event, hosted in Sandton, South Africa. Among a host of new Ford models, the Mustang quickly became the most-talked about new model by the 1,000 attendees at the event, including press, dealers, and VIPs.
50 years of Ford Mustang
Ford Mustang is the newest member of a very exclusive club – vehicles in continuous production for 50 years. The car has a worldwide base of fans, including more than 7.6 million on Facebook – the most of any vehicle nameplate. From the beginning, Mustang’s unique combination of style, performance and affordability established an entirely new class of sporty cars, and it has led the segment ever since.
The sixth-generation Mustang goes on sale in the United States this spring, and will make its way to South Africa in 2015. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has announced that it will open preorders for the all-new Mustang in January 2015. Details of the process will be communicated closer to the time.