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There has been a lot of speculation about the 2015 Ford Mustang. What will it look like? Will it have independent rear suspension? Will it have a 4 cylinder option? Will it be smaller? Will it weigh less? This Thursday, December 5, we may finally get some answers. To build suspense, Ford has released the teaser image above, and hopefully we will get some answers at 12:01 AM on Thursday.
I do not expect much from Ford on Thursday, however. I believe Ford will only release images of the new Mustang and withhold all the details. Ford has been masterful at keeping the 2015 Mustang in the press, and they are certainly not going to release all the information at once. I suspect we will find out all the technical details at the Detroit Auto Show in in January, and we will likely see other Mustang models (convertible, GT 350, Mach 1, etc.) at the New York Auto Show in April.
I am looking forward to seeing the 2015 Mustang. I am tired of the countless renderings and endless speculation, and this Thursday we can put some of the speculation to rest.
The 2015 Mustang mule that was captured on camera last week is certainly making its rounds. Those images offered the first glimpse of a full bodied Mustang prototype. This week, a stealthy driver was able to capture what appears to be the same prototype on video. While it is impossible to make out any of the body lines due to amount of camouflage and padding, the V8 in this mule sounds great! With this video it is possible to compare the prototype along side to other vehicles (there is a current generation Mustang following it in part of the video), and its smaller size is unmistakable. Check out the video posted on YouTube above.
In other Mustang news, Road & Track is reporting that the SVT version of the new Mustang will arrive as a 2016 model and will be called the Shelby GT350 instead of the GT500. The original Shelby GT350 was a successful race car in the 1960s, and I think the name will fit better with the car’s updated dimensions. There are also rumors that a Mach 1 is possible for 2016, but nothing is definitive.
The 2015 Mustang is going to be in the news a lot over the coming months as the car continues to be put through its paces. Hopefully some keen spy photographer will get a shot of it with less camouflage before it is unveiled to the public.
Last week, spy photographers captured a full bodied 2015 Mustang mule. Until now, we have only seen pieces of the new Mustang being tested. Finally, Ford is testing the full bodied car, and it is interesting.
Despite the heavy camouflage and padding, the new Mustang it is clearly smaller. Rumors had suggested that Ford is planning to cut the weight and dimensions of the car. Many have criticized the modern muscle cars for being too heavy, and a smaller Mustang would certainly be welcomed.
In addition to the new dimensions, the 2015 Mustang is expected to (finally) have independent suspension and an available Eco-Boost 4-cylinder engine. The 5.0 V8 is expected to stay in the GT model. Rumors have also suggested the top Mustang will drop the Shelby name and will no longer be turbo-charged. This comes following rumors that the engine in the current GT500 would not fit in the Mustangs new engine bay.
The 2015 is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2013, possibly at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. It is likely the Mustang will be available in early 2014, just in time for the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary.
What is going on with Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln The Lincoln Motor Company? Ford says the brand is going strong and even gave it a new name at the beginning of this year. But much of the automotive press has dismissed Lincoln and some have even predicted its death. Nevertheless, they continue introduce new models, but we have to wonder what Ford’s plans are for the “new” Lincoln Motor Company. To better understand what Lincoln’s future may hold, we need to take a look at its competition and its newest products.
Lincoln has long been the luxury brand of Ford. That is to say, Lincolns have simply been nicer versions of Ford vehicles. However, the automotive world is changing, and Ford has been leading the charge with its global platforms. But Lincoln seems to have been left behind and lost its character. What does Lincoln do that is different from Ford? Not much really. So, who are Lincoln’s top competitors?
Lexus? Yes and no. Lexus has been much like Lincoln in that it has only sold rebadged versions of Toyota, but Lexus has really stepped it up. New Lexus models such as the GS and the soon to be released IS prove that Lexus has a new target: Germany. Lexus is going after BMW and Mercedes by building rear wheel drive cars with a fair amount of power and competitive handling. Lincoln makes front wheel drive cars with very little power. Not Lexus models are sporty, so Lincoln could compete with the luxury and styling elements of these models, but even here Lincoln falls a little short.
Infiniti? Yes and no. Like Lexus, Infiniti is reinventing itself by creating models that offer sportiness and luxury. But again, Lincoln falls short.
Cadillac? No. The ATS, CTS, and XTS are all rear wheel drive and have a decent amount of power (when properly equipped, but is for another post). Again, Cadillac is gunning for the Germans, and by all accounts, the all new ATS has brought them close. But Lincoln’s current offerings cannot compete with the power and handling these cars offer.
BMW and Mercedes? Hell no.
Buick? Finally a competitor for Lincoln. But Buick is about it. Much like Lincoln and Ford, Buick sells rebadged versions of Chevrolet vehicles (much like all GM’s brands, but again, that is for another day). They are all front wheel drive and are primarily sold to…more mature Americans. This accurately describes Lincoln.
So what does Lincoln need to do? Clearly they cannot keep selling rebadged Fords and compete only with Buick. Mercury was axed because the cars were only rebranding Fords, but so does Lincoln. So why did Ford keep Lincoln? Perhaps we are beginning to see why. There has been a lot of talk lately about Lincoln developing a rear wheel drive platform based on the current Mustang’s platform. Could this be used to take on the Germans and Japanese luxury carmakers? Can Lincoln pull off what Lexus has done over the past several years. I believe it can, but it is going to take some fresh ideas and fair amount of resources to do so.
Welcome the MKC
Yesterday, Lincoln unveiled the MKC, the new SUV concept it is bringing to the Detroit Auto Show. Based on Ford’s new Escape, the MKC does not look like a Ford. Some suggest it looks like an Infiniti or a Range Rover Evoque, but the important thing is that it has a design unique to Lincoln.
When I first saw the MKC this morning, I wondered why it was not a Ford. It would sell better as a Ford, and it would look great with Ford’s new Aston Martin-like styling. But the more I thought about it, this really needed to be a Lincoln. Lincoln needs a vehicle that has styling that differs from the Ford that shares its platform. This model is the first step for The Lincoln Motor Company to separate itself from Ford.
As I look at the MKC’s beautiful body and luxurious interior, there is one question nagging me. How will it drive? The Escape has been well reviewed, but the Lincoln MKC needs to be different. It needs to offer something more. As I discussed above with the cars, Lincoln’s SUVs need a new target. Land Rover seems like a good target for Lincoln. Like a Land Rover, the MKC offers great looks and a luxurious interior, but will the MKC perform off-road? We will have to wait to find out. There are already a wide variety of luxury SUVs on the market today but there are only two companies, that I can think of, that sell nicely equipped off-road capable SUVs: Land Rover and Jeep. These companies should be Lincoln’s target with all future SUV offerings.
We do not know much about the new MKC, or about the new Lincoln Motor Company’s future plans, and we may find out more about both over the next few days. But if the “new” Lincoln Motor Company wants to compete on global scale like Ford, they will need all new models with new goals. Rear wheel drive luxury cars and an off-road capable luxury SUVs would set Lincoln apart from Ford and could save the company.
This morning, I drove the all new 2013 Ford Fusion. My local dealer received this car yesterday; only one, and they had not put it inside yet. So, I asked if I could drive it. I have wanted to drive the Fusion since it was unveiled in Detroit earlier this year. It is a beautiful car, but good looks will not be enough in the competitive mid-sized sedan market. After spending a short time with this car this morning, I can assure you that the Fusion is a good car. There are some faults, but it is a good car nonetheless.
The first thing you notice about the Fusion is its looks. The exterior is very clean, but aggressively styled. Even though this car was the base model, starting at $22,500, it had a chrome grille and chrome trim. The European influence in evident in the cars lines, but the Fusion’s best feature is its face. The grille and headlights give the car an aggressive stance. The car’s styling has been compared to an Aston Martin, and there is definitely some Aston influence. While most automotive critics agree the car is good looking, the general public will have to decide if they prefer the Fusion’s bold looks over the Camry’s conservative exterior styling.
The interior of the car has been redesigned as well. While the interior feels a bit cramped, it is laid out well. The cloth interior of the car I drove was nice, but the front bucket seats are uncomfortable. There is too much lateral support for a car that you are not going to throw around a track. The rear seats were better, and have plenty of headroom and legroom. On the tech side, thankfully, the model I drove did not have MyFord Touch, but it did have Sync and a decent tech package for a base model, although the dealer was not able to figure out how to work the radio without pressing several buttons. But this has been Ford’s problem. Its infotainment systems have not been the most intuitive.
Driving impressions of the Fusion have been very positive. The ride is comfortable and very quiet. It may not be Cadillac quiet, but it much quieter than the Camry and Accord, which I find have too much road noise. What really impressed me about the Fusion was the suspension. It is not overly soft, nor it is not too hard. It feels sporty and gives the road feedback a driver will like. The Fusion performed well in town and on the highway. The transmission is smooth and there not a lot of engine noise – although, I really like a great exhaust sound.
The car I drove had the base 2.5 liter four-cylinder. It is a solid engine, but nothing exciting. And the car only comes with a variety of four cylinders and Eco-Boost fours. I think this is Ford’s biggest mistake. The car may look aggressive, but it does not have the power to back it up. Yes, people want fuel efficiency in a mid-size sedan, but the Mustang’s V6 gets 31 MPG, and the 300 HP would make the Fusion a very fun car.
Overall, the Fusion is a great car and steps up the mid-size sedan market in terms of styling. It is entering a very competitive market, but it should do well. The 2012 Fusion was the second best seller in the class, and this car is much better than the outgoing model. Will the new Fusion dethrone the Camry? Probably not yet, but it is going to force the others to make some changes to their cars. As Ford says, the new Fusion is, “Not just a new car model, but a new model for cars.”
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Few in the auto industry have their name on a vehicle. Carroll Shelby has been synonymous with racing and with the Ford Mustang for well over forty years. On Thursday, Carroll Shelby died at the age of 89. He had a full life, one that impacted the both the racing world and the auto industry.
Shelby began his racing career in 1952. He was quick to win several races and was named Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1956 and 1957. As he became more successful in the racing world, he began to expand into the business world. He opened his first car dealership in 1957 in Texas. After winning the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1959, Shelby began working to create a new race car with Ford. Using Ford’s small block V8, Shelby designed the Cobra Roadster. The car would hit the race track in late 1962 with its first win coming in January 1963. The Cobra was driven by a number of drivers including Phil Hill, A.J. Foyt and Dan Gurney.
Shelby released the 427 Cobra with Ferrari as its target. It was successful in the 1964 season. Shelby’s relationship with Ford extended in 1965 with creation of the Shelby GT350, a modified Ford Mustang. The car went on to win the Trans Am Championship in 1967. Also in 1967, Shelby built the final 427 Cobra. The Cobra had won a number of races and championships. Shelby helped Ford develop the successful Ford GT40 as a followup to the Cobra. Today, original Shelby Cobras sell for well over $10 million.
Ford ended its relationship with Shelby in 1970, but he continued to tune cars…for Dodge. In the early 1990s, Shelby helped Dodge with the original Viper after having a heart transplant in 1990. Shelby renewed his relationship with Ford in the 2000s with the return of the Ford GT, but it was the return of the Shelby GT500 Mustang in 2007 that excited auto enthusiasts. In 2011, the Shelby GT350 was also recreated by Ford and Shelby. Both cars have been very popular with Mustang enthusiasts and car collectors alike.
Carroll Shelby has had a tremendous impact on the auto industry. His racing career, his business sense, and his ability to tune cars has gained him international recognition. The Shelby name is sure to live on with the GT500 and GT350 Mustangs that bare his name. The auto industry lost a true icon, a man who will truly be missed.
Listen to Carroll Shelby tell his life story in his own words (from 2011):
A great documentary about Shelby’s racing career with interviews and historic footage:
Just a few weeks ago, Ford unveiled the 2013 Ford Fusion. The Fusion is the current namesake of Ford Racing in NASCAR and when the redesigned Fusion was unveiled in Detroit on January 9, the new NASCAR could not have been far behind. Today, Ford unveiled the 2013 Ford Fusion Sprint Cup NASCAR. Ford says the 2013 Fusion NASCAR is a return to a true “stock car,” meaning that the car looks like the road version. Currently, NASCAR mandates the shape of the car and the fans are bored with the lack of design, but for 2013, they are allowing the manufactures to incorporate designs that are unique to their individual brand. This is exciting for fans of NASCAR and remember when the cars did look different. Over the next several weeks, we will certainly see the new cars from Dodge, Toyota and Chevrolet.
Ford, being the first, gives us an idea what to expect for the Sprint Cup Series in 2013. The Fusion is unmistakably a Fusion in shape and graphics. The flared fenders, the body lines are all very stylish, but will likely be slightly modified before it hits the track in February 2013. Ford is still testing the car and NASCAR will have to approve all the designs prior to competition. However, this model must be fairly close if they are spending the time to unveil it at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The fact that this is a concept is important to bare in mind, but if the car’s shape largely remains intact, and the other manufacturers take as much care with their design, the 2013 NASCAR season could be an important year for NASCAR and the auto manufacturers.