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Ford Mustang tipped to arrive in right-hand drive

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    The biggest mystery will be the 2015 Mustang’s styling.

Ford Mustang tipped to arrive in right-hand drive.

The One Ford global platform may see the 2015 Ford Mustang on sale in Australia.

When it comes to iconic cars, the Ford Mustang is easily on par with the Porsche 911. Its shape is recognizable globally, even if the car isn’t officially sold in much of the world.

Its old-school recipe of a big engine up front, driving the rear wheels though a live axle, still manages to produce impressive performance.

It’s even been in production continuously since 1965 (actually, 1964 1/2), something that can’t be claimed by rival pony cars from Chevrolet and Chrysler.

Yes, there have been low points in Mustang history, such as the terrifyingly under-powered Mustang II of 1974, but even that car was a sales success for Ford.

As the 50th anniversary of the Mustang approaches, it’s clear that Ford is planning something special to commemorate the occasion.

The 2015 Mustang can’t be “just another” Mustang variant, and it’s hard to separate the rumors from the potential truths on what the car will and won’t be.

Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport confirms that the 2015 Mustang is being built under the “One Ford” global strategy, which means the car will need to meet European standards for things like pedestrian impact protection, as well as meeting US safety standards. That seems to be confirmation that the car will officially be sold in Europe.

Popular Hot Rodding reports that the 2015 Mustang is being designed to accommodate both left and right-hand drive, opening up exports to countries like Australia, the UK and Japan. Mustangs currently imported into Australia must be converted to right-hand drive, a costly requirement that limits the car’s potential pool of buyers.

Expect the new Mustang to be smaller, too, both for global appeal and for improved fuel economy. The front-engine, rear-drive layout will remain, and Ford will certainly offer versions with V8 power. Beyond that, nothing is sacred, and we expect to see future Mustang models with turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

While an independent rear suspension is likely, purists will object that the live rear axle is one of the Mustang’s defining properties.

Still, Ford will be selling the new Mustang around the world, and sports car customers used to fully independent suspensions aren’t likely to embrace nostalgia for a nameplate.

Perhaps the biggest mystery will be the 2015 Mustang’s styling. All we know for sure is that it won’t be retro, since retro design has fallen out of fashion. Like the resurrected Camaro, expect the new Mustang to be influenced by classic Mustang design, even if it won’t carry the same lines.

Ford is playing this close to the vest, which means that valid and accurate information will be scarce until the automaker is ready to talk about the car. We’ll bring you any information we can as it breaks.


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  • I can`t understand why Ford hasn`t done this already,they have missed on a huge aussie market over the years especially in the convertible range. Chrysler has already taken advantage with the 300 C model in RHD.I thought the new Mustang RHD was coming in 2014. ??

    Peter McCarthy of Australia Posted on 21 June 2013 10:26pm
  • I am a sure buyer of the 2015 Mustang in RHD proposed to be available in Australia, Ford please do not change it too much

    Peter Sartori of Perth west Australia Posted on 15 June 2013 11:52pm
  • Ford should have been producing RHD in Mustangs from the word go,it would have been the worlds #1 selling sports if they had...

    Ford fav of Australia Posted on 08 June 2013 1:26pm
  • A lighter IRS Mustang n RHD and Falcon built on the same platform is the best news out of Ford for decades.

    Rocket of Brisbane Posted on 17 April 2012 10:51pm
  • Will we get a lower spec at twice the price? I wouldnt mind one in grey sitting in my garage smile

    interested of canberra Posted on 16 April 2012 3:29pm
  • New Falcon here we come....

    The Truth Posted on 16 April 2012 11:04am
  • No price indications?

    Shb of Sydney Posted on 15 April 2012 12:38am
  • Looking forward to the RHD version.

    Sam A Posted on 14 April 2012 11:19am
  • Woooo hoooo

    Alan Watson of Sydney Posted on 13 April 2012 10:11pm
  • A live rear axle pretty much says it all. Ford, if you are not going to drag it in to the 21st century, don't waste your money on seafreight, unless of course you intend using it as a boat anchor.

    Rob of Taylors Lakes Posted on 13 April 2012 7:48pm
  • I thought it already sold Australia in right drive. I've seen a few in the road of Sydney. What ever it is I hope other countries like NZ & Singapore get this on their shores.

    Joe Lovestick Posted on 13 April 2012 7:33pm
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