Archive for July, 2014

As we get closer and closer to the 2015 Mustang getting into customer hands, we are also starting to see more previews of the various aftermarket Mustangs that will be built. We’ve earlier shown you …

The engineering and design teams at Ford Motor Company led the development of the one-off 2015 F-35 Lightning II Edition Ford Mustang, which will be donated by Ford and sold at the Gathering of Eagles …

The 2015 Ford Mustang by the numbers

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

For the first time since the 1986 SVO, Mustangs are leaving the factory with turbochargers. The Mustang EcoBoost era is underway, and it’s off to an impressive start. Mustang purists may scoff at the idea …

The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers three great engines including a standard 300-horsepower V6, a brand-new 310-horsepower EcoBoost® or an upgraded 435-horsepower V8. Each powerplant is available with either a manual or …

Ford has had a long and successful partnership with EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI, sponsoring the event and exhibited vehicles in the Ford hangar. For the last six years they have also auctioned a one-off …

  The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most prominent automotive events of the year, taking place on the grounds of the Goodwood House in West Sussex, England every summer. The highlight of the event is the hill climb up the property’s 1.16 mile driveway, with everything from classics to modern supercars  participating. The Mustang historically hasn’t had much of a presence at the event, but that changed a few years ago when Ford brought out the then-new 2013 Shelby GT500 to show the Europeans what a modern muscle car looked and sounded like.
  Just a couple short years later the Mustang is back at Goodwood for 2014, this time in the form of the all new 2015 Mustang. Undoubtedly this was the first time for many of the spectators seeing the car in person, and we have to imagine they enjoyed seeing the Race Red pony car tear up the course. If the initial batch of European pre-orders are anything to go by, the 2015 Mustang will be a huge hit across the pond.

2015 Ford Mustang new airbag

  A new airbag design debuting on the 2015 Ford Mustang raises the bar for passenger safety by providing inflatable restraint protection in a smaller, lighter package that also enables a roomier interior for more comfort.
  The new airbag will be introduced later this year as part of a standard comprehensive safety system that includes a more robust package of sensors, safety belt anchor pretensioners, improved exterior lighting and double the total number of airbags on the all-new Mustang.
 In the initial application of this technology, an inflatable plastic bladder is integrated into the glove box door and provides front passenger knee protection similar to a conventional knee airbag mounted under the instrument panel. Other applications for this unique and patented technology – which allows airbags to be placed in new locations inside the vehicle and provides more freedom to vehicle designers – are being considered.
  “We provide a high level of safety, quality and design for our customers and their passengers,” said Sean West, Ford restraints manager. “With this innovative airbag design, we have developed technology that provides protection for vehicle occupants while also reducing weight and enabling greater design flexibility.”
To make the new knee airbag possible, Ford engineers developed and tested innovative materials and construction techniques. Unlike a traditional fabric airbag, the new system consists of a pliable, injection-molded plastic bladder sandwiched between the inner and outer glove box door panels. After an applicable vehicle impact is detected by the crash sensor system and classified, an inflator fills the bladder, extending the entire glove box outer door panel toward the front passenger’s legs. Once deployed, the outer door helps to provide cushioning in a manner similar to a traditional knee airbag.
  Since the glove box-integrated airbag extends straight out from the instrument panel, it doesn’t have to travel as far as a conventional airbag, which deploys toward the floor before curving upward. Since the glovebox door distributes the impact load over a larger area than a traditional airbag, it is able to operate at a lower inflation pressure.
  The resulting design is 65 percent lighter with an inflator that is approximately 75 percent smaller than a conventional knee airbag inflator, while providing comparable protection to the passenger. The improved packaging of the system is more discreet, with no visible seams or airbag cover. This has given designers more flexibility to move the dashboard closer to the windshield, enhancing the feeling of roominess in the cabin.
  In developing the new Mustang passenger knee airbag, Ford has been granted 15 U.S. patents already, with more patents filed.
The active glove box knee airbag is among a number of technology features on the all-new Mustang, including:

  • Eight airbags, twice as many as the current model. Along with the glove box knee airbag for front passenger, the new Mustang fastback and convertible have driver and passenger front and seat-mounted side airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag. The fastback adds two side curtain airbags, while the convertible gets a seat-mounted head airbag on each side
  •   Additional crash sensors are located on the front, sides and center of the car to control the deployment of airbags and safety belt pretensioners. The new Mustang now has two front sensors – two per side – and a roll rate sensor in the restraint control module, all of which contribute to a more adaptive safety system to protect occupants in different types of crashes
  • Also new to Mustang are safety belt pretensioners added to the belt anchor side that further tighten the belt around front seat occupants, keeping them in a more secure spot early in the event of a crash
  •   Tri-bar signature lighting and high-intensity-discharge headlamps for improved visibility of the road ahead during nighttime driving
  • Industry-exclusive Ford MyKey® allows parents to limit top speed and audio system volume, and to set limits to prevent the disabling of driver-assist features

“The new Mustang has increased ability to adapt safety systems to a variety of potential situations,” said Jeff Rupp, Mustang safety systems manager. “For example, we’ve added new anchor-side safety belt pretensioning capability and a steering column that can adapt stiffness properties.”

2015 Ford Mustang online configurator

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang online configurator
 2015 Ford Mustang order guide was leaked online, providing more details about the various packages and options that will be available once the car goes on sale later this year. The format of the order guide isn’t the easiest to navigate, though, and it’s hard to visualize what your dream Mustang will actually look like. Thankfully that’s what online configurators are for, and pony car fans will be happy to know that Ford has just launched a new feature that will allow you to build and price your very own 2015 Mustang.
 While the new configurator still doesn’t provide important details and specifications like horsepower and torque, it will allow you to pick between the various models, choose packages and options, and easily figure out pricing for whatever combination you’ve selected.


50 Years Appearance Package

Sunday, July 13th, 2014
50 Years Appearance Package

  If you aren’t able to get your hands on one of the 1,964 50 Year Limited Edition Mustangs, it looks like you’ll still be able to celebrate five decades of the pony car on the “standard” 2015 Mustang. A quick look at the recently launched 2015 Mustang configurator reveals that a “50 Years Appearance Package” will be available for EcoBoost and GT Mustangs equipped in premium trim including both fastback and convertible models.
 The 50 Years Appearance Package will include:

  • 19″ x 8.5″ Luster Nickel Aluminum Wheels
  • Unique 50 Years Upper Grille
  • Unique Rear Gas Cap Badge
  • Unique Floor Mats
  • Unique Seat Inserts and Door Trim
  • Dash Panel with 50 Years Badge
  • Chrome Tail Lamp Surround

The price of the 50 Years Appearance package is listed at $1,595.

2015 Ford Mustang pricing breakdown

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

2015 Ford Mustang pricing

 May month opened up the order banks for the 2015 Mustang and gave us a small tidbit of information regarding pricing, stating that the V6 model would start at $24,425 including destination and delivery. That’s $1,090 jump compared to 2014 pricing, and we estimated that the GT model would start around $33,000 and the EcoBoost to split the difference.

 We can now say for sure, as Ford has released the full pricing structure for the 2015 Mustang on their online configuration. We were spot on with the GT, although the EcoBoost comes in lower than we expected. Here are the prices for each model, with the $825 destination and delivery charge included:

  • V6: $24,425
  • V6 Convertible: $29,925
  • EcoBoost: $25,995
  • EcoBoost Premium: $29,995
  • EcoBoost Premium Convertible: $35,495
  • GT: $32,995
  • GT Premium: $36,925
  • GT Premium Convertible: $42,425

 Ford also included prices for the various options. Picking the 6-speed automatic transmission will set you back $1,195, and opting for the 50 Years Appearance Package adds up to $1,595. The EcoBoost Peformance Package will cost $1,995, while the GT Performance Package is an extra $2,495. Two of the colors will cost additional as well – Triple Yellow adds $495 while Ruby Red is $395.

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