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Ford celebrates 10 millionth Mustang while banking on car's draw
Agence France Presse ^ | 8/8/2018 | Staff

Posted on 08/08/2018 4:37:08 AM PDT by simpson96

CHICAGO (AFP) - The Ford Mustang -- an iconic American brand and a symbol of cool -- will reach a major milestone Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle rolls off an assembly line at a Detroit-area plant.

The car celebrated in American song and film, and recognized the world over as an iconic American cultural export, will get a big party at Ford's Michigan headquarters.

It's a turning point for the carmaker, which is banking on the Mustang's wide appeal to help it grow global market share.

US sales of the Mustang are dropping, but they are accelerating overseas in markets such as China and Germany.

To celebrate the Mustang milestone, Ford is appealing to the sense of nostalgia for what is seen as the original "freedom vehicle" that exemplified Americans' love of the open road. After all, the car was named after a horse that roams free in the American West.

"I can think of no other American car that captures the love affair with the automobile that Americans have had... like the Mustang," automotive historian John Heitmann of the University of Dayton told AFP.

"It is as American as one can have an American product."

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


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KEYWORDS: automakers; fordmotor
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1 posted on 08/08/2018 4:37:08 AM PDT by simpson96
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2 posted on 08/08/2018 4:46:59 AM PDT by heterosupremacist (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. - (Thomas Jefferson)
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To: simpson96

Anybody besides me rode it there?

3 posted on 08/08/2018 4:52:41 AM PDT by Jim Noble (p)
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To: Jim Noble

1965 World’s Fair, NYC. Yep. I did!


4 posted on 08/08/2018 4:57:14 AM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: simpson96

If Ford would go back to this design, I’d buy one.


5 posted on 08/08/2018 5:00:39 AM PDT by HombreSecreto (The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year)
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To: simpson96
I keep waiting for GM to come out with a brand new materials, absolute duplicate of the '57 Chevy.

You can always add on stupid stuff if you want, but using modern technology (audio, f'rinstance) carbon fiber (maybe) and exact duplicate molds ... I believe a '57 Chevy Belaire would sell big.

Just a car with a simple AM/FM radio and etcetera for about 20K?

Who wouldn't want one ?

6 posted on 08/08/2018 5:01:44 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: simpson96

An uncle had a car like the red convertible.


7 posted on 08/08/2018 5:04:44 AM PDT by wally_bert (Just call me Angelo or babe.)
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I didn't read your reply before I posted right after you.

Great minds think alike.

How about a '49 Ford pick-up ?

8 posted on 08/08/2018 5:06:15 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true, I have no proof, but they're true.)
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I’d like a carbon fiber Ford Pinto.

C’mon people, think big!


9 posted on 08/08/2018 5:13:20 AM PDT by T-Bone Texan (I posit that there IS something left worth fighting for.)
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To: simpson96
... and a symbol of cool


10 posted on 08/08/2018 5:14:51 AM PDT by KevinB (I do not care for that Obama fellow.)
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There was a pop song about Mustangs? Missed that one...


11 posted on 08/08/2018 5:15:29 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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Mustang outselling camaro almost 2 to 1.Calling the dodge charger a pony car is quite a stretch.Pony cars are 2 doors not 4.


12 posted on 08/08/2018 5:16:47 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: knarf

That’d go over like a fart in church with owners of real ‘57s and purists.


13 posted on 08/08/2018 5:18:14 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.)
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Here's one of mine:

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14 posted on 08/08/2018 5:42:40 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: HombreSecreto

It would cost you, but I have heard it said that you can build a new classic Mustang just from readily available new parts. Below is a major supplier of Mustang parts back from my Connecticut days:

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/Mustang/?fq=ATR_Year%3a1965&page_no=1


15 posted on 08/08/2018 6:00:06 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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Now THIS is an interesting idea.

Or wait for the ...

new ...

2019 ...

DeLorean!

https://www.maxim.com/rides/brand-new-delorean-coming-soon-2018-1


16 posted on 08/08/2018 6:05:37 AM PDT by HombreSecreto (The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year)
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To: T-Bone Texan

I will get another 67 Cougar and keep it.

The spouse can pound sand.

My 67 wound up being sold to solve a problem and keep the peace. Long story.


17 posted on 08/08/2018 6:07:24 AM PDT by wally_bert (Just call me Angelo or babe.)
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To: b4its2late

Today’s Mustang GT, looked at with fresh eyes, is supercar gorgeous (without the striping), and at less than $40k for 460 hp, is a world class bargain. Still available with a manual, although it’s slower than the auto.


18 posted on 08/08/2018 6:16:04 AM PDT by jjotto (Next week, BOOM!, for sure!)
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To: carriage_hill

There are a number of songs about Mustangs, ‘Mustang Sally’ being the original. Inspired by Aretha Franklin’s (Mustang Mama) desire to have one.


19 posted on 08/08/2018 6:24:31 AM PDT by jjotto (Next week, BOOM!, for sure!)
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To: simpson96
The "Bullitt" edition looks pretty sweet. Sound pretty sweet, too, from the video reviews I've seen and heard. Mustangs are very nice cars these days - even the snobby European car magazines are intrigued.


20 posted on 08/08/2018 6:26:56 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek (q)
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