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EVER WANTED a Ford Mustang but felt put off by importing it yourself or the fact that it would be left-hand drive? If so, you’ll want to know that the factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, where the first officially produced right-hand-drive cars will be built, was opened last week. American dealers will begin to receive cars in November.
British sales will start in September next year. The Mustang will be offered with Ford’s latest 5-litre V8 engine and a 3.7-litre V6 as well as a 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.
UK pricing is expected to be significantly higher than in America, where the range will start at $24,425 (£14,730). Driving will be testing the car next month. Watch this space.
Ford expects the sixth-generation Mustang to be the first to be sold in large numbers outside America. Engineers have to ensure it meets European safety standards while retaining classic cues such as the long hood and three-bar tail-lights familiar to fans of the cop thriller Bullitt, in which the car stars alongside Steve McQueen.
“It’s been designed to be accepted globally,” said Michael Robinet, an analyst at the consultancy IHS Automotive. “But there’s still a lot of traditional American design in that vehicle. That’s the allure of it.”