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The Mustang Becomes an Obamamobile
American Spectator ^ | 4/20/12 | Daniel J. Flynn

Posted on 04/20/2012 6:21:08 PM PDT by rhema

The greening of a classic car makes it unrecognizable to drivers.

The Ford Motor Company is giving its Mustang a unique 50th birthday present: death.

Detroit will still market an automobile called the Mustang. It just won't bear much of a resemblance to the iconic roadster driven by the likes of Lt. Frank Bullitt and James Bond.

Ford's new "Evos" concept features gull-wing doors, a rounded, aerodynamic body, and a smaller design clearly inspired by Europe. When Ford officially unveils its new Mustang in 2014, company insiders insist it will embrace this visual transformation.

More pertinent than its changing look will be its changing feel. Rumors abound, to the chagrin of drag racers, regarding the introduction of independent rear suspension. The five-liter engine supposedly morphs into a two-liter one. There is even talk of a hybrid Mustang.

Why not a hang-glider F-18?

A 2012 Ford Mustang boasting an eight-cylinder, five-liter engine goes from zero to sixty in less than five seconds. It takes a lot of fuel to generate all that power. The muscle car travels an average of twenty miles for every gallon of gasoline consumed. It's a performance car, albeit one that performs the way that drivers, rather than bureaucrats, want.

Twenty miles per gallon is considerably less than fifty-six miles to the gallon. That is the 2025 industry fuel-efficiency standard announced by the Obama Administration last year. With automakers having to produce a fleet of cars traveling an average of further than 56 miles per gallon by 2025, and further than 34 miles per gallon by 2016, a Mustang guzzling a gallon of gas every twenty miles would be certain to bring the fleet average below the mandated standard.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: ford; michigan; mustang; obama
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1 posted on 04/20/2012 6:21:13 PM PDT by rhema
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To: Caleb1411

2 posted on 04/20/2012 6:22:12 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

Et tu, Ford?


3 posted on 04/20/2012 6:24:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: rhema

Like the Tbird, going, going, gone.


4 posted on 04/20/2012 6:25:48 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: rhema

This stupid article is based entirely on speculation, not facts. The Spectator can’t even get politics right. Why believe anything it says about cars?


5 posted on 04/20/2012 6:29:13 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We will not save our country by becoming like the left." - Sarah Palin)
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To: rhema

I’m going to get one of those 600hp ones as an investment then.


6 posted on 04/20/2012 6:31:05 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: rhema
they've killed the mustang before.

miraculously, it came back to life.

Thank God for Ronald Reagan and the '80's.

7 posted on 04/20/2012 6:32:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: rhema
The photo has been released!


8 posted on 04/20/2012 6:34:59 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. " -Jesus)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I blew snot when I scrolled down and saw that picture.


9 posted on 04/20/2012 6:35:38 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: rhema
This is it ( or may be it!) Not bad, I say (and duck.)


10 posted on 04/20/2012 6:36:58 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

That was a hideous car. My dad had one. It was vomit-inducingly bad.

Unbelievable plastic interior, with that weird bumpy texture, all topped off by poorly crafted and mated parts.

On my dad’s car, new, was a gap where the plastic inner door handle mated, and there was flashing...untrimmed flashing spilling at the seam.

That was a low point for American industry, or at least the auto industry.


11 posted on 04/20/2012 6:39:39 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Perhaps not bad, but it is NOT one of these...


12 posted on 04/20/2012 6:39:49 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I wish Ford would tell the gubermint to take a hike and build a Mustang with a 7.5 liter power plant in it, that would make liberals heads explode. I still think about the 1969 Mach I w/ 429 cid, 13.5:1 compression, High Lift Roller Cam, Holly 750 Double Pumper carb, Tuned Exhaust Headers and a C6 Automatic. That was a muscle car.


13 posted on 04/20/2012 6:39:56 PM PDT by OldBullrider (if yur hurt, rub some dirt on it, and get back to work)
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To: Revolting cat!; the invisib1e hand
This is it ( or may be it!) Not bad, I say (and duck.)

Not bad but it's not a Mustang. Looks closer to a modern version of the derided "Mustang II" that was posted in #7.

14 posted on 04/20/2012 6:41:07 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Revolting cat!

Well, I’m with you, but why the Hell do they have to call it the Mustang?

The 1974 beige piece of crap with the tan colored plastic interior had more in common with the original Mustang than the nice looking car you posted.

Sheesh, they should call it something else.


15 posted on 04/20/2012 6:42:23 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: rhema

Mustang III.

Coming soon to a taxpayer near you.


16 posted on 04/20/2012 6:43:20 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Dogbert41

Damnit coffee all over my keyboard !


17 posted on 04/20/2012 6:43:43 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: Revolting cat!
This is it ( or may be it!) Not bad, I say (and duck.)

If that's the car it's actually pretty cool looking.

What's up with those razor-thin side mirrors? The only way I can envision those working is if they actually contain a small back facing camera with some sort of associated display in the cockpit (which would actually be a pretty cool concept if no one has thought of using it before).

18 posted on 04/20/2012 6:43:59 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: rhema
The Lil' Bammy's safety Mustang:


19 posted on 04/20/2012 6:48:10 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: doc1019

Sad sad sad. Dear hubby has a ‘Bird, and I love that car to bits.

As for that new ‘Stang...I think I’ll pass. :(


20 posted on 04/20/2012 6:49:52 PM PDT by Cailleach
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To: rhema
Mustang's dead, just like the Twist, And American Bandstand, seniors!

Ford's thinking (from the WSJ):

The Mustang, which has had a strong retro look since 2005, is losing steam, too. Last year Ford sold 70,438, down 4.4% from 2010 and less than half the 166,530 it sold in 2006.

The average Mustang buyer today is 51 years old.

The change is part of a bid to make the Mustang appeal to Generation Y, the roughly 80 million people who were born between 1980 and 1999. This demographic group is entering its peak car-buying years. Cars that their parents drive—and hark back to the days of Woodstock, 20 years before they were born—don't really interest them.

21 posted on 04/20/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

As long as it is rear wheel drive there is hope....


22 posted on 04/20/2012 6:51:53 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Drew68
Not bad but it's not a Mustang. Looks closer to a modern version of the derided "Mustang II" that was posted in #7.

Yeah, that car is pretty cool, but rather than "Mustang" it's lineage looks more "Probe". On steroids.

As far as I'm concerned Ford hit a home run with the current Mustang. I see no reason to change it, except to change it. Which is exactly what Ford is doing.
23 posted on 04/20/2012 6:53:14 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Dogbert41
I found this leaked photo:


24 posted on 04/20/2012 6:54:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: Revolting cat!

The average buyer of a new Mustang may be older, but that is matter of economics. I see a lot of young drivers in used Mustangs.


25 posted on 04/20/2012 6:55:41 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: rlmorel
Sheesh, they should call it something else.

How about ... Edsel II?
26 posted on 04/20/2012 6:56:13 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: rhema; a fool in paradise
DA RULES! Mustang Sally!


27 posted on 04/20/2012 6:57:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
600? Piker they have one for you at 950 hp for the street version and 1100 for the track version. Behold the Shelby Super Snake 1000! only 200 grand or so :) This is not your ancestors mustang


28 posted on 04/20/2012 6:58:09 PM PDT by xp38
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To: the invisib1e hand

My God, it’s my sister’s ‘76 Mustang that I taught her how to shift when I was 14 years old. She bought it new and couldn’t drive a standard shift.


29 posted on 04/20/2012 6:58:30 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: Revolting cat!
"...The change is part of a bid to make the Mustang appeal to Generation Y, the roughly 80 million people who were born between 1980 and 1999. This demographic group is entering its peak car-buying years. "

-- -- --

Gen Y will never have a peak of buying cars, because these dumb asses keep their faces shoved in an I-pod or I-pad for the rest of their lives, lest someone 'dis them electronically.

30 posted on 04/20/2012 6:59:36 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: xp38
I've seen some incredibly hairy factory mustangs. There seems to be a long tradition of making a run of blowout, barely street-legal balls-out machines at the Mustang wing.

Can't believe they've kept it alive so long.

And then, of course, there are the Shelby's...

31 posted on 04/20/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: rhema

All I’ve read so far on this is that the future Mustang will take styling cues from the Evos ... it won’t be exactly like it. Yes, it will lose the real axle and go independent, and will probably have a shorter wheel base, but it will not be a re-badged Evos.

I guess only time will tell.


32 posted on 04/20/2012 7:01:45 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: rhema

Back in the day when I was a yut (late 50’s early 60’s) my group of teenage friends and I prided ourselves on our ability to name the make, model and year of every car that we saw on the streets. Now they all look the same. ;-(


33 posted on 04/20/2012 7:01:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I’m going to get one of those 600hp ones as an investment then.

The 2013 Shelby GT500 has 650hp.

34 posted on 04/20/2012 7:03:37 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Josh Painter

True. This article is FOS


35 posted on 04/20/2012 7:04:03 PM PDT by Figment
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To: HighWheeler

That reminds me of an old drawing I saw years ago drawn by some engineer. It was a cowboy on horseback, AFTER OSHA.

I wish I the picture now.


36 posted on 04/20/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Dogbert41

wow! and convertible too!!1


37 posted on 04/20/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Revolting cat!
Probably something more like this ...


38 posted on 04/20/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: doc1019

“prided”, yea, I know.


39 posted on 04/20/2012 7:04:35 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: OldBullrider

I’d like to see that 429 with dual overhead cams, 32 valves and the electronics to make it work. The 4.6 (281 cu/in)DOHC is over 300 real hp in stock NA form. Add another ~150 cu/in... The new 5.0 Coyote is something like 630 hp.

Biggest problem with the BBF or FE in a car was the weight of the engine made handling less than optimal.


40 posted on 04/20/2012 7:05:14 PM PDT by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: al_c
Don't think so. From the WSJ article:

The new Mustang is due as a 2014 model, and will look somewhat like an Aston Martin, the high-price sports car often featured in James Bond movies. People who have seen the new Mustang said it is almost a body double for the Evos concept car that Ford showed at the Frankfurt auto show last fall.

41 posted on 04/20/2012 7:07:10 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SVTCobra03

That’s the one I’d get. It’s the closest thing to a reasonably priced super sports car.


42 posted on 04/20/2012 7:09:34 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Ye mean like this one:


43 posted on 04/20/2012 7:10:40 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: rhema
I see the Mustang move as a metaphor for Obama's vision for America:

...no power, no hope, no glory.

44 posted on 04/20/2012 7:12:26 PM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: rhema
Concepts from the Frankfurt Car Show


45 posted on 04/20/2012 7:12:40 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: tanknetter

Anyone unfamiliar with new Mustangs may wish to look into them before they’re discontinued. What began as a cheap fun little car has grown into a (yes, uncheap)very good quality machine (both its 6 and v8 models). There are exactly 2 vehicles people line up for at the local Ford dealer,Mustangs and the trucks (altho those have tough competition ). Ford without real Mustangs will be like Kelloggs without cereal.


46 posted on 04/20/2012 7:13:25 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (everyone rev their ecological skateboards up for the morning commute (if there are still any jobs ?))
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To: All
Cool our 2006 Stang just Doubled in value.
47 posted on 04/20/2012 7:13:34 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: Revolting cat!

Gay Test - If the first thing you notice is the car, I’ve got some bad news for you.


48 posted on 04/20/2012 7:14:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Revolting cat!
Not bad, I say (and duck.)

Looks like a fancy version of the new Fusion. You're right - it's not bad at all, but it's no more a Mustang than the Mazda-based Ford Probe almost was.

I predict that like the Probe, this gets offered alongside the Mustang.

49 posted on 04/20/2012 7:17:18 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Revolting cat!

There’s a car in that picture?


50 posted on 04/20/2012 7:17:55 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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