• Mar 4, 2011
2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe - Click above for high-res image gallery

Automotive News is reporting that Ford will turn to its global team of designers for the look of the next Mustang. Styling themes will be served up from studios in Australia and Europe as well as other places around the world. Ford says that the practice is now standard operating procedure for most of the automaker's new products, and that the global design approach was taken on board three years ago. J Mays, the company's global design chief, and the rest of the vehicle's design team will then select amongst the proposals for the design that best fits the next-generation Pony Car.

In the past, the company's U.S. design studio was solely responsible for the vehicle's image, but Ford has seen plenty of success from soliciting ideas from all over the world. The design of the global Ranger, for example, was submitted by artists in Australia with pointers from the company's designers in Europe.

Right now, Ford is keeping its lips sealed about when we can expect to see the next-gen Mustang touch down, though Automotive News reports that there's some indication that the vehicle may be as far off as 2014 or 2015.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford has to change the tail on the Mustang. That fugly thing is what's keeping me from ordering one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see involving the Australians in the design, as I think many of them "get" the Mustang. After all, the Falcon could be considered a cousin. The European aesthetic, though, I appreciate for completely different reasons. I'm not sure that influence would yield a Mustang that is true to its heritage or character. I could be wrong, though-- a bit of German DNA wouldn't hurt it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it's lower, I'm placated.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A "global design" Mustang could be both good or bad. Im hoping and praying for the former, as A LOT is at stake when messing with the Mustang's design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... why not design the next 'world' Mustang with a very small block 3 ltr., turbochaged V8, in a car the size of a BMW Z4 coupe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Back in October 2010, J. Mays already said the new Mustang design was underway for the 50th anniversary, and that it won't be a retro design.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/04/j-mays-very-cool-mustang-coming-in-2014-w-video/

      It'll have global design input because many Ford development teams have been consolidated, remember SVT and RS turning into one unit, whatever it's called now. And the platform will probably be a global platform for cost efficiencies across other models, doesn't necessarily mean the Mustang will be available in all geographies. But when you have the current Mustang GT performing nearly as well as a BMW M3, live axle or not, price-per-performance, owners of other cars are left wanting more. I own a 3-series, it's a great vehicle, but I wish that for the price I paid it performed better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's time to make a dramatically new Mustang for the 50th anniversary. The Challenger, Camaro, and current Mustang all look too similar. The Mustang needs to step out ahead of the pack.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They all have the same retro styling queue on the front end. Rectangular, long, retro grill with lights in them.

        I agree that they don't look identical, but to casual observers, they all look similar.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't mind a distinctly modern mustang with some classic DNA hints, as long as it is WELL designed.

        I actually really like the sleek fox body fastback hatch mustangs... but that tech reaches back in to the '70s. Almost 35 years for the Fox chassis now.

        But in 1979, the Mustang didn't go retro. Arguably the Mustang II tried to mix then-current with original 65 mustang cues. The reliability and build quality failed it far more than the styling did, at that time.

        But the Fox mustangs were a clean sheet design from the day they were introduced, and they were light and sleek, and affordable.

        Retro isn't the only way to go, and late-60s is not the only time period to revisit.

        Automotive and manufacturing tech has come a LONG way since the 80s, or even the SN95 days in the early 90s.

        Either way, as long as the design is well done, it should be popular. The current 2010+ aesthetics are blunt and chunky, even though the hood is a slight bit lower than the 05-09 cars. Almost every edge and surface on the current mustang is thick and chunky, not really sophisticated and sleek. The original 65, 67, and 69 era mustangs had finer lines and cleaner details.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Also, I'd really like to see a Mustang with a liftback (ala 370z) instead of the current useless trunk.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Captain

        The only reason they have as much space as they do is because they don't include a spare tire. Only a "tire repair kit." Still, a liftback/fastback would take a moderately useful trunk and turn into something much, much more useful.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Boxer

        I agree with you. I have a BMZ Z4 M Coupe, and because the hatch is big, I can fit bigger things in it than some trunks with more cubic space, but smaller holes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How is the trunk useless? 13.4 cubic feet (in the coupe) is pretty good for something considered a 'compact' by the EPA.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know how you can call it useless when I fit my road bike in it every weekend very easily with all my gear and other junk. Also there is a spare tire in my trunk.

        Like Boxer said it just depends on the object and the opening, but in general the trunk space for the stang is a really good size. We are starting to see some return to hatchbacks and wagons so maybe with their success we will see more liftback styles.

        On the camaro its an ok size but that opening drastically limits the type of thing going in to it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's small, but it's certainly not useless. The Camaro's trunk? That's useless. In my 2006 GT, I'm able to fit about eight bags of mulch...not much, but it IS a Pony Car, after all...and it's wide enough that I'm able to squeeze a half keg in for my kegerator.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does that mean they're keeping the iron log in the rear? Given that they've produced such an AMAZING performance car this go around with it, imagine if they got rid of it!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why do some insist on whining about the SRA? If you like the IRS so much, buy a friggen Camaro or Challenger, or even a 03' -04' Cobra. I have an 06 GT and see no issue with the "ancient log".

        What happened to embracing choices in the market place?

        Oh well, in the end most buyers could not care less, or even tell the difference between the two.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2buck: At present, all signs point to an IRS for the next car.

        @Joe: Yeah, no. The problem with the 5th gen Camaro is not the suspension, its the weight; the Zeta platform, great as it is, simply is not cut out for coupe duty. And, lest ye forget, the S197 Mustang almost made it to market with an IRS that was "essentially bulletproof" and made extensive use of aluminum (according to what I have read and seen).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those of us that actually have, and buy, Mustangs, and don't just sit on the internet and whine about things, don't want an IRS. They're heavy and can't handle the power that the Mustang can put out. Talk to the 5th gen Camaro guys about that...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe

        I actually have owned a Mustang. There's a good chance I may get one again. I prefer IRS. Your opionion hardly means more than mine so maybe you shouldn't jump to conclusions and whining about keeping the axel. And by the way, unless you're drag racing, I hardly think the vast majority of sports cars that have far more HP than the Mustang have issues with their IRS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The quality and performance improvement from the 2005 to the 2011 was incredible... imagine what the new 2014 will be like on it's 50th anniversary.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Absolutely. I couldn't believe it when test driving it recently how refined it was. It wasn't at the top of my list before that, but afterward I ordered a GT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford would be idiotic to hold off the next-gen Mustang til 2015; everyone knows 2014 is the 50th anniversary and Ford has to capitalize on the event with something special, or at least I hope/pray lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aw Hells naw!

      Some things do not need to be outsourced and this is one of them!
        • 3 Years Ago
        It'll still be built in the states. But Ford will assemble talent from all over the world to make it fully awesome. Imagine the build quality of a Euro, with blended forms, and American muscle.

        Your American Icon which was originally made off the car that is now our icon (Falcon)... should come back together again.
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