It was only a matter of time before Ford pushed the Mustang out of the American nest and into the global market. According to PopularHotRodding.com and Auto-Motor-Und-Sport.de, that time has come. The German site quotes Barb Samardzich, head of development for Ford Europe, as saying the next-generation Mustang is being designed to meet European Union pedestrian safety regulations, despite the fact that no formal decision has been made on whether or not buyers in the EU will be able to get their hands on the Pony.

Then there's Popular Hot Rodding, which has gathered news from far and wide into a lengthy composite of what the future may bring for the Mustang. Tucked among sourceless whispers of a hybrid drivetrain, an independent rear suspension and a whole new design language is the indication that the performance coupe is being prepped for sale in the UK, Australia and even Japan.

That's good news for buyers who have been forced to content themselves with grey-market imports until now. Popular Hot Rodding also indicates the new model may shave as much as 300 pounds to increase performance while maintaining today's power levels. How much of this is true? We'll find out when the 2015 Ford Mustang debuts in 2014.


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      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      Minus 300 lbs and IRS? Sounds good to me. I would also love to see a turbo 4 offered.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was really only a matter of time before the Mustang went global. Mark my words - the Mustang platform is not only going to underpin future Australian RWD cars, but I also predict that it will spawn a sporty car for Lincoln as well. Which makes perfect sense, seeing as how the upcoming Cadillac ATS shared a platform with the next-gen Camaro. If the next-gen Mustang goes global, FINALLY gets an IRS, shrinks in size some and drops a couple of hundred pounds, then it would be a car that I finally am willing to consider buying. Up until now, Ford has been doing a better and better job with the Mustang with each new generation, but even the current model - which I think looks pretty cool - still wasn't quite there yet for me.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could had sworn I heard that the Ford's marketing boss said that Mustang will stay US exclusive. But if this rumor is true, then the more power to the foreign buyers. Just make sure the design language and performance stay within American standards. I also would love to see the Falcon make it to the rest of the world, especially here in US where it belongs, just like all other hot rear wheel drive V8 American engineered cars that are stuck in Australia and not here.
      evannever
      • 2 Years Ago
      So much fear of change.
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @evannever
        No doubt. At this point, I think Ford is well aware of how much equity they have in the Mustang brand and how critical it is to get it right. The 2015 car will under a magnifying glass, both inside the company and by the press and fans. Ford knows they can't screw it up.
      LJSearles
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this doesn't also result in a new RWD Falcon, imma be pissed.
      Jerrycobra
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please be RWD and have a V8 version, and it is good
        EXP Jawa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jerrycobra
        I don't think you have anything to worry about. People wouldn't be getting all hyped up over a new IRS if the car was FWD...
        • 2 Years Ago
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          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          I expect that you're right. With the 2.3L Ecoboost as a base and a 5.0L V8 in the GT, it'll be as much of a repeat of the FOX body, in terms of parallels. If I'm not mistaken, the FOX body was lighter than the MII anyway. I'm curious to see how much smaller it really is; the current car looks great but is relatively huge. But if Ford actually pulls this all off, then Europe might actually have to take Mustang seriously as a sports car as much as anything else...
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Mike McDonald
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's also getting a turbo 4 and IRS. The SVO will also make a comeback.
      Andrew L
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am confused about this.. if you go to Ford's Japan website the Mustang is the only car they sell there, everything else is crossovers and SUV's. So isn't it already sold there?
        Ian Moore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew L
        Yes it is, but it's not tailored to the market at all. Every one I saw was LHD and rediculously expensive in GT trim (think $70k or more.) They have a definate following over there, but making something globally available will likely lower the cost, as will the boosted 4, and hybrid powertrains as they are taxed based on engine size in Japan.
      Bruno Martini
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own a 2012 Mustang 5.0L. I owned a 2007Gt before it. Lets put the records straight, I always thought the live axle was a compromise. However with the 07 I put in a watts link. The car kicked some major ass in the corners, I wish I could have taken pics of the owners of other cars as I passed and flew by them at ever increasing speed even when they had 100hp more than me. The 2012 is completely stock. The suspension is compliant and the solid is way more controlled stock per stock compared to the 07. Having driven ehem..... German sports cars in the past, as well as a few contemporary rwd with IRS American cars. I can tell you that the stick axle is in no way a bad deal. The stick axle has some major things going for it. Its durable as hell, its easy to adjust to what you want it to do, and it does not cost an arm and a leg to upgrade if needed. Anyone want to compare a set of half shafts capable of handling 600lb of torque to set of 31spline moser's that can handle over 1000? How about wheel hop? How many cars out there can be setup to dig into the ground, put the power down on the straight and then come to a corner screaming and stay composed? Now how easy is each of those cars to setup? As for this new mustang, bring it on. If it delivers the performance like it has been doing, nothing but good things are on the horizon. IRS/SRA or rwd or awd. Just as long as its not fwd ill be looking to buy one.
      Generic
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't really new news, but it is still great news. I like the looks of the current Mustang and Camaro, but if you stand next to one, they are actually pretty big. A smaller lighter Mustang that fits on smaller roads is just what the car needs. 300lb diet with the same power... YES PLEASE!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
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      dracer2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Personally, I'm a camaro guy, but I have to admit, the modern mustang is the better looking of the two. Also, why does the camaro weigh 4100 pounds when the mustang weighs around 3600?
        usermr7366
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dracer2
        Exactly about the weight issue. I own a 2011 5.0 and it only needs an after market shifter for more positive shifts. The Camaro and Challenger are to heavy for sure.
          QCRamAir
          • 2 Years Ago
          @usermr7366
          The Camaro is certainly too heavy. But the Challenger? "Too heavy" is an understatement. "Oversized, morbidly-obese lardass" is a more fitting description.
      privada
      • 2 Years Ago
      The only change I'd like to see for the Mustang is no change. I hope that Ford doesnt forget the 74 Mustang in all it's ugliness.
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