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2018 Mustang confirmed

Ford New Zealand has confirmed the 2018 Mustang will begin to arrive on our shores from April, bringing more power, more technology, and more customisable options.

The 2018 Mustang GT’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine packs more power and torque than the outgoing version, and performance and technology upgrades.

The exterior design

The car’s exterior design is now more dynamic, with a lower, remodelled bonnet and grille, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes.

The entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting.

A dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while the V8-powered Mustang GT now boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard.

New technologies

The new Mustang has a customisable 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster. A first for Mustang, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views; normal, sport and track modes . 

The 2018 Mustang also benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technology (DAT). Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection (AEB) as standard, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning, and Lane-Keeping Assist as standard.

Mustang also benefits from Auto-levelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, further reducing the driver’s workload.

The fastest Mustang yet

The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard.

This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency.

The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.

A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. The new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.


Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $62,990 RRP
Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $67,990 RRP
Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual and automatic) $79,990 RRP
Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $84,990 RRP

All RRPs are GST inclusive but exclude on-road costs and accessories

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Ford CEO revisiting company plans

Ford CEO Jim Hackett

Ford’s chief executive Jim Hackett is reviewing the car maker’s future product programmes, including plans to build a commercial autonomous vehicle by 2021, and its operations in India, according to company officials.

Hackett took the reins as Ford CEO in May, and told investors he was working on a 100-day review of operations.

Details have been thin, but so far, Hackett has indicated that Ford will look at its luxury vehicle brand Lincoln, the future of its small vehicles and investments in emerging markets.

Ford’s chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, told Reuters that the review will cover a range of issues at the car maker, including Ford’s Indian strategy, saying “we have a lot of work to do as we address issues of how to fix India.”

“Everything is on the table,” Shanks added. “Some big decisions will be made.”

Hackett aims to address the challenges which has seen Ford’s share price decline eight per cent this year.

As well as the Lincoln brand and the self-driving commercial ride-sharing fleet, currently scheduled for launch in 2021, Hackett is reviewing other arms of the business.

One of these is the production of small cars such as the Ford Fiesta, which are built in multiple factories around the world. With demand beginning to slow, Hackett is assessing whether or not the production lines could be consolidated.

Hackett is also said to be questioning current plans to rebuilt at least half a dozen future models, Reuters reports. These include replacements for the Ford Mustang and Explorer on a new flexible platform that is designed to accommodate both front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles.

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Mustang improves NCAP safety rating

The 2018 Mustang will arrive in New Zealand mid-next year.

The new Ford Mustang has had a safety upgrade from Euro NCAP thanks to the introduction of new driver assistance technologies that will arrive in New Zealand models from next year.

The European safety watchdog gave a reassessed rating of three stars for the 2018 Mustang Fastback, effective from July 2017.

While the new model includes a range of safety features, the car remains structurally identical to the previous model, and the occupancy and pedestrian crash risk scores, including a low child occupancy rating (32 per cent), remains unchanged. 

The Mustang scored a two-star ANCAP safety rating when it launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, with both ANCAP and the AA concerned about the lack of safety technology and low child protection scores.

Communications and government affairs manager Tom Clancy told Autofile the next-generation New Zealand iteration of the Mustang, which is expected to launch in mid-2018, will also contain these new driver assistance technologies.

“The 2018 Mustang will be available with standardised pre-collision assist (with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking) and lane departure warning and lane keeping aid,” he said.

The Mustang has proved popular among Kiwi drivers since the right-hand drive model first launched in New Zealand in December 2015. 381 new vehicles have been sold in the country so far in 2017, putting the Mustang inside the top 50 highest-selling models, and New Zealanders snapped up 987 of the 45,000 vehicles sold outside the US worldwide last year. 

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Mustang top-selling sports car worldwide

The Ford Mustang was the best-selling sports car in the world for 2016, according to Ford analysis of IHS Markit global automotive registration data, with global sales doubling every year.

The Mustang is now available in more than 140 countries, with six more to be added to the export list this year.

Strong sales gains were seen in Germany and China, with Chinese sales up 74 per cent compared to 2015, according to IHS registrations.

“We continue to make it available in new markets, and drivers in those markets continue to respond with resounding approval,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager.

More than 395,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been manufactured at Ford’s Flat Rock factory since 2015, with 98,000 shipped worldwide. Between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of exports doubled to 17.5 per cent.

Ford Mustang sales in New Zealand skyrocketed in 2016, following the launch of the first ever right-hand drive model in December 2015. 76 Mustangs were registered in 2015, and this jumped to 987 in 2016.

Previous models were converted from left-hand drive and imported from Australia, and were often difficult to handle.

Sales of the Mustang continue to rise in New Zealand, with 271 vehicles sold in the first three months of 2017.

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Ultra-rare Mustang for sale in the US

A rare first car has hit American auction house Mecum – A 1965 Ford Mustang with the serial number 00002. The car is recognised as the first Mustang hardtop to receive a vehicle identification number.

The 1965 Mustang contains a restored 170 CI six-cylnder engine and a three-speed transmission, with 13-inch wheels.

The car, which had 13 owners, was purchased by Bob Fria in 1997, who has since been unravelling the 53-year history of the Mustang. During restoration, Fria found several anomalies in the car, such as prototype sheetmetal stampings and welds, which piqued his interest.

After talking with former Ford employees, Fria revealed that approximately 150 pre-production Mustangs were built between February and March in 1964. The pilot vehicles were shipped to the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Detroit for completion.

Fria’s Mustang hardtop and a convertible – bearing the serial number 00001 – was intended for a Canadian dealership, Brown Brothers Ford in Vancouver. However, both vehicles were misrouted, and ended up at Whitehorse Motors in the Yukon months later.

Very few examples of the 1965 Mustang survive today, and the 00001 convertible is on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

The white convertible was first sold to Canadian airline pilot Stanley Tucker in 1964. Ford executives eventually realised Tucker was driving a pre-production model and attempted to buy it back.

A year later, Tucker agreed, trading in his convertible for a new model – the one millionth Mustang to be manufactured.  

The blue Mustang hardtop will go to auction in Indianapolis on May 16.

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