Once the current Mazda6 reaches the end of its life cycle, Mazda will begin production on the next-generation car. The automaker won't be building the midsize sedan in the U.S. anymore. Currently, the Mazda6 is built in Flat Rock, Michigan, at the AutoAlliance International assembly facility that the Japanese automaker shares with Ford. The Blue Oval brand churns out the Mustang in Flat Rock, and with Mazda moving on, there could be trouble ahead for the pony car.

According to analysts polled by Bloomberg, the current pace of Mustang production is not enough on its own to sustain the Flat Rock plant. The AAI has a capacity of 240,000 vehicles in a year, yet the Mustang sold 73,716 units in 2010. Ford is reportedly working with Mazda to find other uses for the site, which would be a better alternative to having Mazda simply walk away.

The flipside of Mazda ending U.S. production of its Mazda6 is that Ford will have increased options as to what it can do with the Mustang. Still, unless the Blue Oval starts churning out a hybrid, wagon, crossover and pickup truck version, Ford will need something else to keep Flat Rock in the business of building cars, especially until the 'Stan's next scheduled redesign for 2014.


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      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or, Ford can introduce Falcon to this side of Pacific.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mustang-based Lincolns would use the excess capacity...
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        It doesn't even have to be a 2+2 coupe. A RWD Lincoln competitor to the G37 would be a great beginning to their supposed revitalized lineup.
      theweegeean
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the two best options for Ford are either 1) build a fullsize RWD car at the plant, or 2) move Ranger production there. Of those, I think Ford should seriously consider changing its plans and extending the Ranger's lifespan till 2014, because a) it's a proven seller, and b) it doesn't require new tooling to be entered into production. With either choice you'll get some sales, but Ford already has a fullsize car, and to do a RWD fullsize it would need to do some reengineering, either to design a whole new car or to bring the Falcon in with NHTSA guidelines. With the Ranger it already passes safety tests for the time being, its production costs are negated, and you're guaranteed at least 50,000 sales per year, which would mop up that production capacity just fine. So just move the tooling to Flat Rock already. If Ford just put the Mustang's 3.7 V6 into the Ranger platform in lieu of the 4.0, I think it's a given the Ranger could increase its sales by pretty big numbers. I know it won't happen, but that's not going to stop me from dreaming.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theweegeean
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      Enmanuel Adobo Ortiz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it me or does that mustang have five headlights?
      nardvark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe start US production of the Transit Connect here? Seems like they're selling well enough to justify building them here instead of the ridiculous process where they build them in turkey and rip the seats out once they arrive.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nardvark
        Ford has already said that production of the Transit is coming to the states, so maybe it will end up there?
      richuyinxiang
      • 3 Years Ago
      i wanna see the next generation mustang.
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe a rwd Lincoln will help.
      eightyd
      • 3 Years Ago
      When the "Stan's" redesign goes through in 2014, will Peter Parker be driving a Ford?
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 door version of the mustang. Call it the FALCON
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        plarson79
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought I smelled a troll... The Mustang is a better car than the slower, less efficient Camaro. The Camaro sells better because there are far more rednecks out there who prefer it
          • 3 Years Ago
          @plarson79
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @plarson79
          They are both great, and target the same market, beyond the loyalists.
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          @plarson79
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      Modstyle
      • 3 Years Ago
      Opportunity's a knockin' Ford... How to combat the unfortunately slow selling Stang and Taurus? IMO Give us back our American rear drive sedans! Make a Ford version with plenty of the once plentiful American attitude designed in, to compete with Chargers and Impala's etc.Then include a fantastic version for Lincoln, a powerful sport/lux sedan to compete with Caddy's bahn-stormer CTS.
      postpast
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mid Sized Lincon Coupe. Ecobost V6, edgy styling, cheaper then CTS coupe. about 10-15K premium over Mustang
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