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The Vehicle With The Longest Production History: The Ford Mustang Wiki
Ford Mustang has created a special class of vehicles. There are no other vehicles which look or feel similar to the Mustang. Even if you have never purchased or used this vehicle before, you will still be able to easily identify one on the street. It will be the one with a long hood, short deck proportions and a compact and sporty styling. The best part about these Mustangs is that they are available in many different options at highly affordable prices.
It was in the year 1964 that the first Mustang was launched by the company at the World’s Fair in New York. The company introduced this vehicle with a big media campaign. In fact the launch of this vehicle is the most vehicle launches in the history of the automobile industry. The Mustangs that are available in the market right now belong to the sixth generation. Below we have traced the history and the various models of Mustang available in the all 6 generations.
First Generation (1965- 1973)
All the Mustangs that were designed during this period shared the same platform, that of Ford Falcon. However, every year, the company made slight changes in the styling and design of the vehicle, in order to add weight and increase the size of the car. It was in 1967 that the first major change happened in this vehicle. In an attempt to make it more competitive against the Chevy’s Cameo, a new 6.4 liter 290 cubic inch, V8 engine was added to the vehicle. This engine produced energy of 190 hp. The changes made to the 1968 model were more in keeping with the federal regulations like new side marker lights, windshield mounted rear view mirrors, etc. In the year 1969, Mustang offered a performance options like Boss 302, Shelby GT320, GT500 and Mach1. From the year 1970 till 73, the changes were minor, although the vehicle continued to grow in weight and size. In fact, the 1971 Mustang is considered to be the longest Mustang ever. However, the sale of this vehicle dropped during this period, since the customers were looking for a sleeker and trim car, considering the rising gas prices.
Second Generation (1974 – 1978)
In the year 1974, a completely revised and new Mustang, based on the Pinto platform was introduced by the company. This vehicle was named Mustang II and this platform stayed the same till 1978. This vehicle was more fuel efficient and this helped in increasing the interest of the buyers as well as the sales for the company. More than 385000 units were sold in the first year itself. The second generation Mustangs were available in coupe and hatchback options only. Its engine was a 140 cubic inch, 4 cylinder engines, giving a power of 88 hp only. To meet the customer demands, certain luxury features like vinyl roof cover, etc., were added to the vehicle. This vehicle received mixed reviews.
Third Generation (1979 – 1993)
Fox platform was used for the third generation Mustangs. The styling of the vehicle was drastically changed, making it much better than Mustang II. However, the engine remained the same till 1982. In 1982, the company started focusing on improving the performance of the vehicle, and a new Mustang GT was launched, with a V8, 5.0 liter engine. This vehicle was lighter in weight and gave a better performance than its competitor cars like Cameo, etc. in 1984 Mustang SVO was introduced to compete with the bets German cars. This vehicle was different in both looks as well as performance from the earlier Mustangs and was more expensive as well. it proved to be a big failure, and the company stopped its sales in 1986. In 1987, a major facelift was given to Mustang GT, and was available in two options only LX and GT. Till 1993, small changes and additions were made to this vehicle.
Fourth Generation (1994 – 2004)
The platform used for this generation was based on Fox design and was called SN-95. Both the exteriors and interiors got completely new designs and the hatchback body style was dropped. Two engines, V6, 3.8 liter and V8, 5.0 liter, were available in these cars. However, these engines were replaced by 4.6 liter V8 engine in 1996. Performance of the vehicle, in terms of suspension, noise, vibration and transmission was improved drastically, which helped the vehicle earn the Car of the Year in 1994. Mustang Cobra also made a comeback with some design changes and a new engine. In 1999, New Edge styling theme of Ford was applied. The engine remained the same, but improved the car performance over the years. In 2001, special editions of the Mustang like Bullitt, etc., were launched by the company.
Fifth Generation (2005 – 2014)
A brand new platform, named S-197, was used for this generation Mustangs. Almost every aspect of the vehicle was improved including brakes, comfort, quality, etc. A new V6 engine was also introduced in this vehicle. Modern technology became an important part of this vehicle. IT was in 2010 that the next changes in the design of the vehicle came about. The Mustangs in this generation were powerful than they have ever been.
Sixth Generation (2015 – Till Date)
In 2015, the Mustang celebrated its 50th anniversary and became the longest produced car models. More than 8 millions Mustangs have been built and sold till date. The Mustang was completely redesigned in 2015 and came with two major changes, first was its new 4 cylinder, turbo charged EcoBoost engine, and the second was an independent rear suspension for an improved ride. From 2015 till 2017, only minor changes were made, however, the 2018 model is expected to come with some major changes.
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