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April 30, 2015

Good News for ‘Pony Car’ Fanatics

“Come in Rock and Roll costume”, says the invite. With a rock concert where Authority Band and Sauce performed, Ford Philippines celebrated the arrival of the iconic sports car, the All-New Mustang.

For those who missed last December the 50 Years Limited Edition All-New Ford Mustang (with only 64 units available in the Philippines to celebrate Mustang’s 50 years in the market), the sixth generation pony car sets new performance and dynamics benchmarks with world-class handling, more precise steering control, and enhanced ride comfort for lovers and collectors of this legend.

During the launch, old Mustang models were displayed to showcase how this well-loved car is maintained all these years by its owners. With sales of over 9 million units in its 50 years of continuous production, the All-New Mustang, which will continue to be built in the United States at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, will be available in more markets in Europe and Asia―a first in its history, to prove its place as a global automotive icon.

Kay Hart, Managing Director of Ford Philippines shared, “The all-new Mustang represents the very best of Ford and its arrival marks the latest chapter of the iconic muscle car’s rich legacy, crafted with a more contemporary look and feel.  With a history spanning more than 50 years, this iconic car is at the heart and soul of Ford and we are very excited to bring the sixth generation Mustang to the Philippines.”

(From left): Matteo Guidicelli, Ford Philippines vice president for marketing and sales, Minnie Bustamante, Managing Director   Kay Hart, and  Stefano Marcelo.  Both Matteo and Stefano are members of Ford Forza Triathlon team

(From left): Matteo Guidicelli, Ford Philippines vice president for marketing and sales Minnie Bustamante, managing director Kay Hart, and Stefano Marcelo. Both Matteo and Stefano are members of Ford Forza Triathlon team

From information given by Ford Philippines, the All-New Mustang retained its key design elements with a contemporary execution that includes its signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoid grille. Its long sculpted hood and short rear deck paired with a sleeker profile gives an impression that is unmistakably Mustang. Other key features include a lower, wider stance with a reduced roof height, wider rear fenders and track, and three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps. For a more aggressive stance, its tires are fitted with 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Check out the aviation-inspired cockpit, with large, clear instrumentation for vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, and improved ergonomics, tactile switches and knobs that provide better control. The added width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers, and more trunk space that can accommodate two golf bags.

Bess Zamora, Good News for Pony Car Fanatics, interiors of the All-New Mustang, Apr30The all-new Mustang sets new handling benchmarks for delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality with all-new front and rear suspension systems and the most capable brake lineup with the new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system that enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes. While at the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension for high-performance application.

You can also opt between two high performing engines: a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbo charging with output projected at more than 314 PS of power and 434 Nm of torque, and a powerful 5.0-liter V8 that features an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads that yield more than 441 PS of power and 542 Nm of torque.

For its safety features, the All-New Mustang is equipped with advanced technologiesthat include Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) with cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control and the SYNC AppLink™ that lets drivers control their smartphone apps to listen to their favorite form of entertainment. The All-New Mustang has airbags that include an all-new inflatable airbag restraint design that provides the front seat passenger with knee airbag protection while significantly reducing system size and weight, enabling a roomier interior for more comfort.

It also has a significant amount of innovative technologies like the Intelligent Access with push-button start to SYNC with MyFord Touch and MyKey® in every Mustang built, to the standard Track Apps™ and a new Shaker Pro Audio System, and a selection of Drive Modes that allows you to create the perfect Mustang for whatever road it faces.

Bess Zamora, Good News for Pony Car Fanatics, Classic Mustang 4, Apr30

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost® comes in four dynamic colors: Race Red, Oxford White, Magnetic Metallic and Black with price that starts at PhP 2,499,000. The 5.0L V8 GT also comes in these four exciting colors with two additional vibrant colors in Triple Yellow Tri-coat and Competition Orange and priced at PhP 2,999,000.

Check out the all-new Mustang which will be available in Ford dealerships starting in May.


Photos by Bess Zamora

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