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First Production Fisker Rocket Mustang Set for Delivery

725-hp, limited-production model will debut at Amelia Island Concours.

by on Mar.13, 2015

The supercharged version of the Fisker Rocket will deliver nearly 300-hp more than the Mustang GT.

Four months after pulling the wraps off his automotive reincarnation, Danish designer Henrik Fisker is set to deliver the first of his 725-horsepower Rocket Mustangs.

The result of joint venture with California mega-dealer Galpin Motors, the first production version of the Fisker Rocket will make a brief appearance at this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance before being delivered to its new owner.

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Word has it that Fisker may also reveal another big project at the weekend classic car show, something he telegraphed during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com last November at the L.A. Auto Show where the Rocket made its premier.

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Mustang Gallops Off to Good Start Overseas

European buyers seeing red...though Chinese fans also like white.

by on Mar.12, 2015

A Chinese print ad announces the official arrival of the 2015 Mustang to Ford showrooms there.

Barely two months after loading the first of the new 2015 Mustangs onto a ship for the journey to Asia, Ford Motor Co. claims the pony car is in full gallop overseas.

Though Ford has always had a few small foreign markets for Mustang, with grey market imports available in others, this year, with the launch of the 50th anniversary model, marks the first time Mustang has officially gone global.

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And initial indications are positive. Even as U.S. sales climbed 32% last month compared to February 2014, Ford claims folks have visited the Mustang page on its European website, while nearly 1.1 million put together their dream version on the site’s vehicle configurator. In China, meanwhile, more than 18,000 potential buyers have already signed up for a test drive.

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Mustang Officially Takes on the World

First Ford pony cars ship off for markets abroad.

by on Jan.20, 2015

The 2015 Ford Mustang is the first to be sold globally. It'll be sold in 100 countries around the world.

America’s muscle car is going global. The first Ford Mustangs have been loaded on a ship bound for Asia, marking the first time in the pony car’s history that will be sold in more than 100 markets worldwide.

Sales of the 2015 Mustang will be launched in Europe later this year, according to the Detroit automaker, expanding the global One Ford program established by recently retired CEO Alan Mulally. The move should help firm up Ford’s position as one of the largest exporters of vehicles assembled in the U.S.

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“Mustang is just one more example of the international demand for Ford cars and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the America, adding that, “The success of our One Ford plan presents opportunities for growth in global markets.” (more…)

Ford Grabs Three Slots for North American Car/Truck of the Year Finalists

VW, Chevrolet and Hyundai also up for honors.

by on Dec.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford F-150 is looking for a little redemption by taking top honors in the truck of the year voting.

Ford Motor Co. could be the company to beat in an otherwise hotly competitive automotive race. The Detroit maker landed three of the six eagerly coveted spots as the finalists for 2015 North American Car and Truck/Utility were announced today.

But Ford will face some tough competition from Chevrolet, Hyundai and Volkswagen, the other brands to be named finalists.

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The finalists were chosen by a panel of 57 jurors, all automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The same group will now select the winners, with the trophies set to be handed out next month at the North American International Auto Show. (more…)

Mustang Ponies Up – Regains Lead Over Camaro

But will it continue to hold the reins?

by on Dec.03, 2014

Ford's 2015 Mustang is smoking the competition.

The all-new Ford Mustang is back in full gallop, and has corralled its long-time rival, the Chevrolet Camaro.

Ford says it sold more than 8,000 of the pony cars last month – a more than 60% year-over-year jump, marking the best November Mustang has had since 2006. Equally significant, as it closes out its 50th anniversary, Mustang has regained its position as the best-seller in the U.S. muscle car market.

“We’re feeling good about the response the public has been showing us about the car,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s global product development director, in a conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com.

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Fisker Rockets Back with 725-HP Mustang

Limited sales set to begin in early 2015.

by on Nov.21, 2014

A project "born out of passion," says Fisker.

Henrik Fisker, perhaps best known for his abortive effort to launch the plug-in hybrid Fisker Karma sports car, is back in the limelight, but turning his talents towards a very different direction. The Fisker Rocket revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show is all about performance, the Danish-born designer dubbing the modified Mustang “the ultimate American muscle car.”

The Rocket is a 725-hp rework of the all-new pony car Ford Motor Co. Fisker and partner Galpin Auto Sports have not only upgraded the performance of the 2015 Mustang but made a number of exterior modifications that give it both a more sinister and exotic appearance.

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“My jaw dropped. I got chills” when first shown the sketches former Aston Martin chief designer Fisker had in mind, said Beau Boeckmann, president of both Galpin Auto Sports and Galpin Motors, the world’s largest Ford dealer. For his part, Fisker explained that the Rocket is “really a program born out of passion.”

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Shelby GT350 Just a Start, Says Carroll Shelby’s Grandson

A “night-and-day” difference.

by on Nov.18, 2014

Henry "Sonny" Ford III, great-great grandson of Henry Ford, and Aaron Shelby, grandson of the legendary Carroll Shelby, admire the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

Returning to the suburban Los Angeles garage where racing legend Carroll Shelby kept his personal car collection and tinkered with some legendary performance cars over the years, Ford Motor Co. rolled out the new Shelby GT350 Mustang.

The 500-horsepower brute is the first high-performance niche model to debut since the launch of the all-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang earlier this year. But don’t expect it to be the last, suggested the grandson of the late legend. And don’t be surprised to see the Shelby name grace more of those future spinoffs.

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“This is exciting to see the first iteration (of the Mustang) since Carroll’s passing,” said Aaron Shelby, referring to the death of his grandfather in May 2012 at the age of 89. (more…)

Special Edition to Celebrate Camaro’s Final Run

Three special versions of pony car debuting at SEMA this week.

by on Nov.03, 2014

The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Commemorative Editon will help end the car's fifth-generation run.

Chevrolet isn’t about to let the current Camaro line fade away without some celebration. It’s planning to unveil three special versions of the popular pony car at the SEMA Show this week, including a special 2015 Camaro Commemorative edition that will go on sale next spring.

It also will reveal another special – but as yet-unnamed — production model that will help mark the unexpected rival of a once-dead nameplate. Re-launched in 2009 after a long absence, the Camaro is now the country’s most popular muscle car, handily out-selling long-time leader, the Ford Mustang. But Ford is looking for a revival of its own with the launch of an all-new model of its own this year.

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“The Camaro has had an amazing run since we introduced the fifth-gen Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, GM’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “In fact, Camaro’s outsold everybody in the segment, every single year. And what I attribute it to, is Camaro has always had this ability to deliver a combination of style, performance and affordability.”

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First Drive: 2015 Ford Mustang

Re-imagining an icon.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The new 2015 Ford Mustang GT maintains its basic design cues without looking retro.

“When you’re redoing an icon,” says Ford’s new CEO Mark Fields, you find yourself gripped by “a combination of a great honor and a great fear.” Just ask Dave Pericak, who was given the daunting job of redesigning one of those icons as the chief engineer for the 2015 Ford Mustang program.

It wasn’t just a new version of the classic pony car Pericak had to shepherd into production, but the creation of a vehicle worthy of being the 50th anniversary Mustang.  It had to be, as he is fond of saying, “the best Mustang ever.” No idle boast, but, after spending a few days watching a procession of automotive journalists get their first rides in the pony car, Pericak looked more than a bit relieved. As well he should.

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There are a few nits to pick, but they’re largely cosmetic, a few places Ford might have stretched a little further. But there’s little doubt that the coupe and convertible muscle cars Ford will be shipping to dealers around the world in the months ahead can far and away lay claim to being the best Mustang ever.

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Overseas Markets Clamoring for New Mustang, Ford Officials Claim

Strong demand could see addition of third shift at Flat Rock plant.

by on Aug.29, 2014

Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs poses with the first of the 2015 Mustangs off the line.

The first of the new 2015 Ford Mustangs rolled off the assembly line this week, and though the new pony car won’t go on sale in Europe or Asia until next year, overseas dealers have already snapped up their allocation of the sixth-generation Mustangs, according to Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of The Americas.

The Mustang has traditionally been a car for North America, but it has nonetheless developed a loyal following in markets around the world, with a number of dealers trading in so-called “gray market” exports. That strong following convinced Ford it could start marketing the newly redesigned coupe and convertible pony cars globally.

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“We’re not yet (officially) taking orders in other parts of the world yet because we’re going to start here in North America filling up the pipeline. But we’re seeing very strong demand” in Asia and Europe, Hinrichs told reporters after the ceremony marking the official launch of production of the sixth-generation Mustang, which is being prepared for sales in 120 countries.

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