• Jun 18, 2009
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Unsurprisingly, FoMoCo has added a glass roof option to the 2010 Ford Mustang, offering sun worshipers with an aversion to cowl shake a panoramic view of the skies. The glass top cuts out 90 of all new Mustang owners will opt for the glass top with a manually operated roller blind. Make the jump for all the details.




PRESS RELEASE

READY FOR SUMMER: MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE GOOD FOR THE SOUL, GLASS ROOF PROTECTS FROM HARMFUL RAYS

Panoramic glass used on the 2010 Ford Glass Roof Mustang filters almost all of the sun's harmful rays and reduces cool-down time and wind noise while offering a convertible-like driving experience
Scientific studies show increased exposure to sunshine or bright light – like that provided in the convertible and Glass Roof Mustang – is therapeutic because it regulates the body's mood-regulating hormone and circadian cycle of sleep and wakefulness; also triggers a natural remedy for "the blues"
Panoramic sunroofs have doubled in popularity during the past five years; tilt/slide type sunroofs will remain dominant, followed by panoramic and spoiler types through 2011
The 2010 Mustang – including Glass Roof and convertible versions – builds on the safety success of the 2008 Mustang – the first sports car and first convertible to earn five-star ratings in U.S. government frontal crash, side impact and rollover tests

CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:

The 2010 Ford Glass Roof Mustang and Mustang GT convertible, which are arriving in dealerships now, offer consumers sun-soaked driving and top-rated safety heritage. Fans of open-air motoring have made the Mustang convertible a perennial bestseller. Those who love the sun but want to cut back on sunscreen use can choose the pony car with the panoramic glass roof, which filters nearly all of the sun's harmful rays.

DETAILS:

The 2010 Mustang builds on the safety success of the 2008 Mustang, which became the first sports car and the first convertible to earn five-stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for frontal crash, side impact and rollover tests.

The Mustang's considerable body stiffness contributes to its driving performance and has an added benefit in accident protection. While the coupe's body structure is 31 percent stiffer in torsional rigidity than its predecessor, the convertible's is more than twice as stiff – creating a "safety cage" that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact.

The front structure is designed to absorb and help dissipate it before it can reach the passenger compartment. The Mustang's front rails have an octagonal shape designed to spread forces evenly at the firewall and progressively deform for increased protection in offset frontal crashes.

Protective sun-drenched driving
The 2010 Ford Glass Roof Mustang offers consumers convertible-like driving without the need for sunscreen, because its factory-installed panoramic glass roof filters 90 percent of the sun's heat-generating infrared (IR) rays and 96 percent of burn-causing ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The UV-filtering capability of the new Mustang's fixed glass roof is comparable to sunscreen lotion with a sun protection factor (SPF) of approximately 50, which exceeds the dermatologist-recommended sunscreen strength of at least SPF-15.

The glass roof's ability to filter IR rays reduces heat load in the cabin so that occupants remain comfortable while enjoying the sun. The reflective glass also reduces energy used by the vehicle's air conditioner system while protecting the interior fabric from fading and deteriorating.

Good for the soul
Sun-soaked cruising is the convertible and Glass Roof Mustang's top appeal factor. Scientific studies show that increased exposure to sunshine or bright light is therapeutic because it regulates the body's synthesis of melatonin, a mood-regulating hormone that modulates the circadian cycle of sleep and wakefulness. Sunshine also triggers the body's conversion to active vitamin D, considered to be an effective natural remedy for "the blues."

Health experts caution that cool breezes in convertibles can misleadingly mask the sun's harmful rays as occupants may not feel as hot as when they're stationary under the sun. Therefore, dermatologists recommend the use of sun-block lotion or moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher prior for top-down drives.

Roof glass popularity rising
According to J.D. Power feature content research, 62 percent of buyers in the sports car segment wanted a sunroof/moon roof on their next vehicle. Since its introduction in 2008, the Glass Roof Mustang – which is available as a $1,995 option on both the V-6 model and the GT – has accounted for 10 percent of all Mustang sales. The convertible accounts for 25 percent of Mustang sales, and sell most strongly in California, Florida, Texas and Georgia.

Mustang is just one Ford model that features ample sunlight and generous views. The 2010 Lincoln MKS and 2009 Ford Flex, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX also offer sun-splashed driving enjoyment with an optional panoramic roof glass that is privacy tinted for the occupants' comfort and protection.

According to CSM Worldwide, over the last five years panoramic sunroofs have doubled in the popularity in North America. The installation of tilt/slide type sunroofs will remain dominant, followed by panoramic and spoiler types throughout 2011.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is just a gimmik to sell more 2010 Mustangs because most people who really want a Mustang, well at least the smart ones, are waiting until next year when the new engines arrive. 2011 Mustang GT with the 400hp Coyote engine is going to be infinately better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No offense, but your comment does not make sense. How is it gimmick to sell something people are buying?
        • 5 Years Ago
        must disagree with you on that. This is a continuation of a feature offered on the '05 - 09.

        I'll wait for the '11 though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd prefer this to a convertible, though I think the price is far to steep. I'm guessing it would look pretty cool paired with white paint.
        • 5 Years Ago
        also, i wonder how long before the FDA jumps in:

        "those sound like medical claims, boy"
        "where be the test that prove such a fact"

        oh and im sure the AAD will love to hear the fact that "you dont need sunscreen, the glass has an equivalent SPF of 50"
      • 5 Years Ago
      That car gives me wood. Can't wait for the 2011 5.0 liter version. I seriously think Ford is coming really close to perfecting the Mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxer: I prefer the '10 to the 05 - 09 version of the 'Stang. It is more refined in appearance. IRS, I would love it, but Ford has done a masterful job with what they have. Word is, this car actually handles better than the more "sophisticated" Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the 2010 is better in everyway to the 05-09, looks and eveything

        engine options on the other had will become superior once 3.7L V6 & 5.0L V8 come out

        til this one i woudl have not considered a mustang for a purchase, not I think I will wnat the 5.0L when it comes out to sit in my gagage on day one. too bad I need 4 doors and Ford has no RWD 4door version of this, too bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When are they going to bring back the T tops? That the option I want.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about an optional carbon fiber roof panel instead?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I agree, I like the different material panels idea, make the panels interchangable....glass, fiberglass or carbon fiber...etc.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I like your thinking...I have a car with a glass roof and now It's the one thing I hate most. too heavy
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was announced at the 45th Anniversary event in Birmingham in April. jay tee is right, the roof is the only panel carried over from '05-'09, so Ford could offer the glass roof without having to redevelop it. It is really nice in person. Not sure I'd get it myself, but I can see the appeal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Firtstly, if you look carefully, it appears to me to be slightly reduced in size, when compared to the current year (2009) version.

      Secondly, does ANYONE know what the installation rate was for the 2009 example with this roof? I'd really like to know ! I have never seen even one, only pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be pissed if I bought an '09 with the glass roof. I was shopping '09 Mustangs and Ford made it seem as if the glass roof was going to be offered only in '09, probably to entice people on the fence to buy the '09 as opposed to waiting for the '10.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not uncommon, its typical to try to make something be more rare than it is.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice lil touch. But im sure it adds more weigh,
      • 5 Years Ago
      2K? ROFL! Ford, meet Scion. Take a lesson, A glass roof you can open, That doesn't cost 2k extra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the people complaining about the price of the roof by itself, I mean really. Who pays sticker for a Mustang? IF the whole car gets discounted down enough, you might could justify it. I understand it will still be more then a car without it, but its not like there isn't some room to deal.
        • 5 Years Ago
        then take what I said above as "I wouldn't pay extra for it."
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a nice option for those who want it. Makes a cramped interior feel more open and airy without any of the drawbacks (and some benefits) of a convertible.
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