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2009 was not a banner sales year for the Ford Mustang. Despite a complete makeover for the 2010 model year, sales of the usually successful pony car topped off at 66,623, an all time low. The Mustang still managed to beat out the Camaro in total sales for the year, but Ford sold fewer Mustangs for each month that the Camaro was actually on showroom floors.

Enter the 2011 Mustang. Apparently, a 305-horsepower V6 that gets 30 mpg and a 5.0-liter V8 putting out 412 horsepower does wonders for sales. Ford is reporting that three times more 2011 Mustangs have been ordered than 2010 models at this same time last year. In total, 11,000 Mustangs have been ordered since January.

Customers have been particularly taken with the V6 model, which makes up half of all the orders, and the California Special has also fared better than expected, tripling Ford's initial sales projections. Ford says that 41-percent of 2011 Mustang orders have been for the GT model, who will surely enjoy rollin'... in their five-point-ohs, and the remaining nine percent have been for GT500s. Hit the jump for the full press release from Ford.

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DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 25, 2010 – The new 2011 Ford Mustang with all-new powertrains has three times more orders than the 2010 model in its first month, and half of all nationwide orders are for the car's class-leading 30 mpg 3.7-liter V-6 engine.

"Fuel economy ranks among the top two reasons people choose vehicles," said Steve Ling, North America Car Marketing manager. "With the 2011 Mustang lineup, we've found a way to offer even better fuel efficiency for V-6, GT and even Shelby GT500 performance drivers – while improving performance. And consumers are responding."

Nearly 11,000 Mustangs have been ordered since order banks opened in late January.

Fifty percent of the 2011 Mustang orders are for V-6 models, which feature a new, high-performance, all-aluminum Duratec 3.7-liter dual overhead-cam (DOHC) Twin Independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT) engine. This new engine delivers 305 horsepower and an expected best-in-class EPA fuel efficiency of 30 mpg on the highway – a 25 percent improvement versus the 2010 model.

2011 Mustang V-6 order levels are up 19 percent versus the new 2010 model orders.

"The new engine transforms Mustang," Ling said. "Everything people love about the car lives on, and now under the hood is a V-6 engine that uses premium technology to deliver the power, the feel, the fuel efficiency, even the sound of the best sports cars in the world."

A first-ever Mustang Club of America (MCA) Special Edition package available on V-6 models generated three times more orders than expected. Plus, "take rates" on the California Special series – which is available on the Mustang GT and harkens back to the original 1968 feature vehicle – are triple the expected rates.

2011 Mustangs also are being equipped with record levels of technology. Navigation is specified on 18 percent of orders. High-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps are on 26 percent of vehicles. Rear-view cameras are on 10 percent – all up from 2010.

For the 2011 model, 41 percent of orders are for Mustang GTs.

The Mustang GT's modern 5.0-liter four-valve, Ti-VCT V-8 engine delivers 412 horsepower and 390 ft.-lb. of torque. At the same time, fuel economy of 25 mpg highway is projected to be better than the previous model and unsurpassed in the segment.

Approximately 9 percent of the 2011 Mustang orders are for Shelby GT500 models, which are powered by an all-new aluminum-block 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 engine. This produces 550 horsepower and 510 ft.-lb. of torque, a 10 horsepower increase versus the 2010 model. The engine also is 102 pounds lighter than its predecessor, delivering a better power-to-weight ratio, improved fuel economy, acceleration, handling and steering precision.

"Mustang is ready for a new generation of buyers," Ling said. "With new high-tech and fuel-efficient engines, class-leading connectivity and infotainment options as well as signature style and performance, Mustang is poised to continue its legacy as America's favorite sports car."

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking 'Stang ! Really like to see full spectrum performance profile on it . 0-60 time, 1/4 mile e.t. & m.p.h. , braking distance , cornering stability , cabin comfort , maintenance schedule , etc. Also price ranges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the mustang is the complete package

      there are no excuses you have to make for it anymore

      "sure the acceleration/sound/performance/value is great but the X sucks"

      there is no X anymore, even for the v6

      mustangs are extremely tempting
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is quality. GM's are vomitting!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news, great car, great engines!
      • 5 Years Ago
      because it was obvious and expected by anyone with a brain.
      Jim McDowell
      • 5 Years Ago
      FORD Fix or repair daily
      • 5 Years Ago
      the stang didnt beat the camaro in sales from when the camaro came in from marc? / to the end of december, i do wish ya get one of each of the pony rides
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is a publicly owned company and any misleadings about sales is called "fraud" so I seriously doubt they are cooking the numbers... Bongo jerk!

      I worked at a Ford dealer and saw the early order interest for the '11 Mustang... its for real.
      • 5 Years Ago
      mustang has always been a great pony car. sure its battling the challenger and the camaro. but even tho those r somewhat better looking.... the new mustang is a bombshell handling is bar none and the mustang has been around forever and never disapeared while the camaro and challenger have disapeared b4 and barely been revived. camaro is stunning but visibility sucks. challenger really impressive but.... to heavy for real performance drving. if i were u depending on how much moolah u have id get the 2011 shelby mustang
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I want the V6 with a track pack, I'll probably save my pennies and get the 5.0.
      Both cars look great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Surprise! Ford integrated the 2010 "Track Pack" into the base 2011 Mustang so all Mustangs already have the better handling capabilites... This really makes the V6 perform like the '10 GT and still get 30 MPG... such a deal!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I am sure that it will not get the same economy, 28mpg highway is certainly doable.

        Somehow, I don't consider that to be "nowhere near" 30mpg.

        Its not like different gears, and an extra 50lbs is going to make the car get 20mpg on the highway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do we know how many pennies would that save?
        Anywhere online where the 2011 pricing is posted?
        • 5 Years Ago
        its not gonna get anywhere near 30 mpg w the track pack gearing and big brakes/wheels/tires
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kudos to Ford. That is one boss looking Mustang. Also kudos to Ford for not taking bailout money. Ford will be no. one soon enough. They already have the toughest pickup truck. Buy Ford to keep Ford here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hell yeah, i hope this cleans house.

      Big ups to sports cars with really efficient high tech engines... best of both worlds.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you can afford a brand new car, you can afford the insurance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The last-gen Mustang was pretty nice, but is this really a suprise, given how much better the current-gen Stangs are?

        Name one person (with intelligence) who would pick up a 215 horse power V6 instead of a 300 horse power V6 for the same price.

        Come on.
        • 5 Years Ago

        @Matt..........a teenager who wouldn't be able to afford the insurance on a 300hp Mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        COTY 2011
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