Yesterday, the Ford Mustang turned 49 years old, and Ford didn't miss the opportunity to celebrate the one millionth version of the Mustang rolling off the assembly line at the Flat Rock Assembly plant. Production of the Mustang at Flat Rock coincided with the fifth-generation design launching in 2004, and the one millionth car was the car shown above, a 2014 GT convertible painted in Ruby Red.

In total, Ford has sold more than 8.5 million Mustangs since the original car went on sale, but some of the key milestones over the car's nine years at Flat Rock include the Shelby GT-H, Bullitt, Boss 302 and, of course, the 662-horsepower Shelby GT500. Scroll down for a press release celebrating Flat Rock's milestone Mustang.
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Flat Rock Assembly Plant Celebrates Producing One-Millionth Ford Mustang As Year 50 Begins

-Nine years after Ford Mustang production moved to Flat Rock, Mich., Flat Rock Assembly Plant celebrates producing one million of these iconic sports cars
-Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for product development, commemorates the occasion by riding off the line in a Ruby Red 2014 Mustang convertible accompanied by a senior plant employee
-Ford celebrates 49 years of continuous Mustang production with more than 8.5 million of America's favorite sports cars produced


FLAT ROCK, Mich., April 17, 2013 – Happy Birthday Mustang! Forty-nine years to the day after its 1964 debut in New York, the iconic sports car celebrates another milestone: One million Mustangs have rolled off the line at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant since production moved there in 2004. Ford is celebrating this milestone as year 50 of continuous Mustang production gets under way at Flat Rock Assembly.

Raj Nair, group vice president for global product development, today rode off the line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in a Ruby Red 2014 Mustang convertible. Nair was riding shotgun with Ed Salna, material planning and logistics manager at the plant. Salna is a 27-year veteran of Flat Rock Assembly, starting work there more than a year before the plant produced its first car.

"Mustang is one of the most beloved nameplates in the industry, with fans around the world and throughout Ford Motor Company," said Nair. "The team here at Flat Rock Assembly has built an outstanding reputation for quality while producing one million Mustangs over the last nine years, and we expect that to continue for many years to come."

Ford has built Mustangs near its home base in Dearborn, Mich. for 49 years. The car was built at Ford's famous Rouge factory, just a few minutes from company headquarters, for four decades before moving a few miles south to Flat Rock in 2004.

Introduced in April 1964, Mustang proved to be far more popular than anyone expected, prompting Ford to add production capacity outside Michigan. By early 1965 plants in Metuchen, N.J. and San Jose, Calif. were also building Mustang. Less than two years later, on Wednesday, March 2, 1966, the one-millionth Mustang rolled off the line in Dearborn. To date, Ford has produced and sold more than 8.5 million Mustangs.

The launch of Mustang production at Flat Rock coincided with introduction of the then all-new fifth-generation model – first in the series to get a dedicated platform. In addition to the standard V6 and the V8-powered GT model, Mustangs coming out of Flat Rock Assembly Plant have included several special editions and race cars:

-In 2006 Flat Rock built a limited run of black and gold Shelby GT-H coupes for Hertz rental fleets to commemorate the 1966 Shelby GT350H rental car
-2007 brought the debut of the Shelby GT500 Mustang developed by SVT with a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 producing 500 horsepower, the most ever for a Mustang then
-For the 2008 and 2009 model years, the Mustang lineup included the Bullitt, inspired by the car driven by the title character in the 1968 film of the same name
-For the 2012 and 2013 model years, Flat Rock built the track-optimized Boss 302
-The Flat Rock line has produced numerous competition versions of Mustang including the FR500, Boss 302R and the extremely successful Cobra Jet drag racer

The Flat Rock factory has been producing vehicles since 1987, when it opened as Mazda Motor Manufacturing USA and built the Mazda MX-6. In 1992 Ford purchased a 50 percent share in the plant and it was renamed AutoAlliance International. Over the years Flat Rock Assembly has produced the Mazda 626, Mazda6, Mercury Cougar and Ford Probe. In addition to Mustang, Flat Rock will add production of the Fusion sedan later this year.

"Flat Rock has gone through an amazing transformation over the past year," said Tim Young, plant manager, Flat Rock Assembly Plant. "We've invested $555 million including a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop and an upgraded paint shop to make sure we're continuing to build the best of the best for the next one million Mustangs."

"The one-millionth Mustang is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the Flat Rock Local 3000 membership," said Tony Bondy, UAW Local 3000 chairman. "It's been great building an iconic American car since 2004, and with the introduction of Fusion along with our new plant upgrades, we will keep building world-class quality in Flat Rock for years to come."

Ford is adding 1,400 jobs and a second shift at Flat Rock Assembly Plant to support new Fusion production as part of its plan to add 12,000 hourly jobs in the United States through 2015.


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      Eddie Dwyer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats. Loving my 2013 5.0!
        SirUno
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eddie Dwyer
        Nice! Still love my 2005 like it was brand new. 110,000+ miles on her, and still going very strong.
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is just a staggering number. It is just amazing the number of cars a plant can kick out.
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's an incredible red.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, congratulations. Much better than what the plant originally turned out: the Ford Probe and Mazda MX-6.
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        The Probe/MX-6 was a great car. You people that are stuck in the past need to give it a rest already. We've been hearing the same **** from you for over 20 years now.
          Chris Barbieri
          • 1 Year Ago
          @oRenj9
          You're talking up a car that hasn't been in production since 1997,and then telling others that they're stuck in the past? I didn't mind the Probe, particularly the second generation, but am glad they didn't make it the next Mustang. Does that mean I'm stuck in the past for being happy that the Mustang didn't become aFWD 4-banger?
      Riley C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really cool. I love the paint on it.
      www.AmishStories.net
      Happy Birthday Ford Mustang
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Shelby GT-H wasn't built at Flat Rock (not completely, anyway; the base canvas car was built there, but the Mustang GT-to-Shelby GT-H conversion took place out at Shelby American in Las Vegas. That said, 1 million cars built is impressive, and a testament to the strength of the retro design. Lets hope the next gen car proves to be as popular.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Still loving my 01 Bullitt, I would love a convertible someday but for now I won't complain! First Golden, CO Super Cruise is May 4th can't wait!
      tbird635
      • 1 Year Ago
      oops...duh. that's millionth Mustang built at Flat Rock only.
      Kelly Lueth
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow. i cant believe the workers there dont have uniforms on. and the plant looks old and dark and dirty. id never buy one of these for that reason
        Chris Barbieri
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kelly Lueth
        Reading this post made me think of Goldie Hawn in the film 'Private Benjamin', particularly the part where she asks the drill sergeant "is green the only color these come in?". Next time you go car shopping, you should ask all of the dealers if the people who assembled your car were wearing uniforms, and how old the plant is. I'd pay to see the looks on their faces.
          Kelly Lueth
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris Barbieri
          u guys really think i was serious? Ive read other similar ignorant comments
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kelly Lueth
        This just in: automobile assembly plants have different lighting than a house, film at 11!
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kelly Lueth
        Obviously you have us confused with someone who cares.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another one for the trailer park.
        Chris Barbieri
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bubba_roe
        I see a lot more ratted out, 20 year old Honda Civics and Toyota Corollas in trailer parks than I do Mustang GTs, much less 2005 and up models. I don't think I've ever seen a newer Mustang in a trailer park, and there's lots of them where I live. Now I ask, why all of the hate for trailer parks? They may not be the most desirable settings, but you gotta admit that they're definitely better than jails. Isn't that right Bubba? Or does living up to your namesake make prison more desirable in your mind?
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      The (current generation) car is not a car I'd own, but I've always admired it. Nice package for what it is, and seems way more refined and livable than its primary competition.
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