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Ford is giving potential Mustang buyers a third choice alongside its coupe and convertible in the form of a glass roof option that will be available on 2009 V6 and GT models. The $1,995 option consists of a special tinted glass that reduces infrared rays and heat, as well as a manual roller blind can completely block incoming sunlight.

This new option comes on the heels of a heavy decline in Mustang sales as the current model it enters its fourth year on the market. Nearly 30% fewer Mustangs were sold this November than last year, and overall sales for the year are down nearly 19%. This new option, and hopefully a Mach 1 or Boss model, just might give Mustang sales a kick in the pants in its last year before a refresh for 2010.

More details about the glass roof option are available in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Ford]


Hot on the heels of the new Ford Bullitt Mustang and the new Shelby GT500KR, America's favorite muscle car drives into its 45th anniversary year sporting a new factory-installed glass roof.

The 2009 Ford Glass Roof Mustang provides a third roof option for customers and responds to their growing desire for more natural light. Production of large sunroofs has increased nearly 200 percent in North America since 2003, according to Just-auto. The growth is driven, in part, by consumers' daily commute time. The number of consumers with commutes lasting more than 60 minutes grew by almost 50 percent between 1990 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The new glass roof will be available as an option on both the V-6 Mustang and Mustang GT beginning next summer.

At $1,995, the new roof provides customers a less expensive option than a convertible, without compromising the coupe's versatility, headroom or climate-controlled environment.

"Mustang is an icon in our product lineup, and we are committed to keeping Mustang news fresh every year," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development. "As the automotive landscape becomes increasingly competitive, features such as a panoramic glass roof will help differentiate our products from the competition."

Nearly one out of every two sports cars sold in America is a Mustang, and it remains the best-selling convertible. The new glass roof addresses the fact that 62 percent of buyers in the sports car segment are interested in a sunroof or moonroof on their next vehicle, according to J.D. Power and Associates research.

Mustang's Glass Roof is made of tinted privacy glass, which reduces both infrared rays and vehicle cool-down time by 50 percent. A manual roller blind is built in, allowing owners to further control exposure on sunny days.

The specially formulated glass also protects interior fabric material from solar radiation deterioration and discoloration by reducing solar light transmittance. To help improve acoustics and Mustang's interior quietness, the glass also features a layer of vinyl that reduces noise, vibration and harshness.

The glass roof Mustang is built like a coupe and has been developed to maintain the structural integrity of Mustang. The glass itself is safety glass, meaning that it shatters without sharp or jagged edges, like other automotive glass.

Glass Roof Mustangs will be assembled at the Automotive Alliance International plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The unique glass is installed at Ford's adjacent vehicle personalization facility.

Like its coupe and convertible counterparts, the Glass Roof Mustang has endured a battery of tests measuring quality and craftsmanship.

During the development phase, production-level prototypes ran through a rigorous prove-out, including various water, air leakage, durability, squeak and rattle and vehicle dynamics tests. Top quality drives the development team – as evidenced by Mustang's first-in-its segment ranking in the 2007 J.D. Power and Associates IQS, VDS and APEAL studies.

"Quality is a continuous process. The whole team is passionate about it, which results in our paying attention to the smallest details," says Paul Randle, chief nameplate engineer. "Our owners have high expectations, and we always want to meet them – with strong features like this new roof option, quality and performance."

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      • 7 Years Ago
      In Florida we'll call this the Suicide Edition.
      • 7 Years Ago
      uh, dosent a glass roof mean less structural rigidity?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, the glass roof is quite a lot more rigid than the sheet steel it is replacing. I've heard people with the glassback installed say that it's noticeable, kinda like adding subframe connectors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A glass roof might be slightly heavier than steel with supports. but glass is pretty darn rigid, and probably doesn't hurt rigidity much. Most of that is provided by the roof rails, and headers above the windsheild and rear glass. almost any surface over that will help that square not to flex.

      It would have been cool for it to move, but even just the glass is helpful. I wonder if that has the huper-optik tint that rejects well over 95% of infra red and UV, but is selectively transmissive to visible light, and doesn't appear to be tinted to visible light. I believe that was developed for glass on outer building walls, but is applicable to any glass.

      The Mustang, and lots of other cars would do well with a glass option like this.

      But comments are right... this doesn't address the glaring issues that the Mustang faces.

      and, BTW, the mustang hasn't had a factory sunroof option since 1993, and t-bar roofs have been gone since 1988. company line was something about the roof having too much of a compound curve. Yeah, right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      they should have focused on the center stack and some better interior design instead

      i do like this, btu it's not whats wrong with the car.

      Ford needs to focus
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto. I'd actually consider this glass roof option on a V6 Mustang, but I think the interior looks pretty bad compared to the Taurus, Focus or even the Fusion. The Mustang is also the only one of those that isn't available with Sync.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now the bread and butter Mustang is declining in sales?! Rur roh. I can't wait to see the government bail another U.S. auto manufacturer out of the red again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish more cars had this option.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree Justin. I have a BMW X5 with the panoramic sunroof, and it's one of the primary reasons I own the car. I love looking up and seeing open sky every time I get into the car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      would this glass rooftop pass safety inspection for lapping days at a track??
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the Mustang needs is an independent rear suspension option, not a bigger, heavier sunroof.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Most of the folks who bought Mustangs (V6s don't care) (V8s are probably going to turn it into a 1/4 car anyway). Mustang is fine the way it. Want proof? Check their sales numbers
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not sure this is as exciting as it sounds, esp. given that a bunch of other manufacturers offer this option, most notably Mercedes Benz. It's also not as wraparound cool as the Astra's new panoramic roof:

      • 7 Years Ago
      It doesn't open? Give me a regular sunroof...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The JDM Honda CRX had a roof like this, someo of them are in Canada now, it is nice and doesn't really contribute to heat build up in the car. I wouldn't pay extra for it though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There should have been a major facelift for 2008, and the high line interior should have become the base model, with a more BMW level interior optional. The money went to improving old looking SUVs under the skin.
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