J Mays, head of design at Ford, may be retiring from the company after 16 years, but not before showing the world his swan song: the 2015 Mustang. Ford officially revealed its new coupe and convertible to the public at events around the world on Thursday, including a live unveiling on ABC's Good Morning America, and Mays was in attendance at the automaker's home event in Dearborn, MI, which is where we caught up with him for a few words about his new baby.

"It's a joy" to design the Mustang, Mays told Autoblog, adding that this sixth-generation coupe is his "favorite design so far." Of course, the 2015 model takes cues from all of the generations that came before it, but Mays said it was important to edit down the specific elements from previous models, leaving just enough off to let the customer "participate and fill in the blanks."

"If it doesn't sell itself, you probably aren't a Mustang fan."

"We could have gone down and checked the list," Mays stated. "We did that a little bit in 2005." There aren't any fake scoops on this car, no added plastic bits, and the faux-gas cap look to the GT emblem on the rear has been axed. "That's walking away from something [that] doesn't need to be there," we were told. Overall, the final 2015 Mustang design needed to be a cohesive package that tells a story of confidence, power and aggression. And while Mays said there were plenty of designs that he and the team really liked ("at some point, those will surface"), the company strived to find essential elements that would make this car a proper Mustang, even though so much of the design work "ends up on the cutting room floor."

As we told you in our Deep Dive, the Mustang will be offered with three engines, including a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder, expected to produce more than 305 horsepower. But unlike other models in the Ford range, Mays confirmed that the Mustang will not have specific EcoBoost badging. There's also the Convertible variant, which was absent from the Dearborn reveal, and Mays notes that the droptop model was designed right alongside the hardtop, since it was important to create a profile that would work on both bodystyles.

For the first time, Ford will officially offer the Mustang in markets outside of North America, and Mays isn't worried about it failing to attract customers. Why? "It's drop-dead gorgeous" and there's "50 years of pent-up demand." The design boss said it was more important to get the design finalized first, and then offer it to the world. Sure, things like European pedestrian crash standards were baked into the car's design from the get-go, but being able to succeed on a global scale wasn't a major factor in creating the shape of the sixth-generation car. Besides, as Mays says, "If it doesn't sell itself, you probably aren't a Mustang fan."


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      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Mays confirmed that the Mustang will not have specific EcoBoost badging." "SVO" badge! I can't think of one reason they shouldn't do it. "There aren't any fake scoops on this car, no added plastic bits, and the faux-gas cap look to the GT emblem on the rear has been axed. "That's walking away from something [that] doesn't need to be there," Bravo. Faux crap sucks. Even without the faux plastic side scoops added just in front of the rear wheels wells, it still always had that crease in the sheet metal that simulated them. I always thought that looked stupid. This design looks much more sleek.
      fpb300
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think J Mays designed this Mustang. Otherwise it will have a semblance to the VW Beetle. As head of design, he merely approved it. This Mustang looks like it was penned by Moray Callum .
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like two different trim levels for the GT. The one with the black wheels might be the track package - smoked headlights, larger front splitter, painter rear diffuser, no toggle switches, recaro's, gauges on the center of the dash vs. a vent, spoiler delete, brembo's. It's starting to grow on me. Will be interesting to see it in person.
      XEVIOUS
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love these honda accord people. i would be too embarrassed to even mention that ide know what a honda accord even look like.
      Andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Check it out a Hyundee with the infamous 2.3 4 banger with a turbo! Wow they brought back 1984 again! Ford is selling gimicks with these weed eater engines with turbos, try to fix it or buy parts in a few years. There is no one with that kind of cash to keep a terd going....
      Andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      The USSR mandated to the manufacturers what they could build guess what happened. The entire green movement is a farce, the next thing is taxing for existence. Furd can keep these eco-weed eater engines, they are disposable.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre
        Not sure what parallel you are attempting to draw, but you failed miserably. There is no logic in your poorly-written paragraph.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre
        Troll
      over9000
      • 1 Year Ago
      Autoblog is on Ford's payroll. The social media team at Ford is out in full force.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Autoblog gave more coverage to the Stingray. What's your point? Just because Civics and Corollas are too boring for coverage doesn't mean you start trash talking.
          Jai
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai
          A Corolla is far from iconic. It's not wrong to stand up for your car but please don't show the same kind of ignorance on the street for your own good. Your Corolla will get trampled
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai
          They may be "boring" for coverage but they are clearly influential and iconic.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jai
          The rest of the professional automotive journalist world will think otherwise, the Corolla is one of the most mass-market and successful car out there.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        Don't be a sadsack over9000. You don't understand the importance of this car world wide. This car represents America more than any automotive brand.
          Jai
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          The camaro only exists because of the Mustang. The Camaro is to a Mustang what an F-type is to a 911.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Yes and let's not forget about the Camaro.... right...
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Corvette?
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @gtv4rudy
          Yea, more than the 'vette.
        Johnny Trailerpark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        I suppose you'd prefer Autoblog devote it's coverage to Accords and Camrys over cars that are actually interesting and exciting to enthusiasts?? Go renew your subscription to Consumer Reports.
          k_m94
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Johnny Trailerpark
          @over9000 Yes, because a $25k Mustang is so much less affordable than a $30k Camry.
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Johnny Trailerpark
          So you're saying enthusiasts only find cars they cannot afford interesting?
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Johnny Trailerpark
          and a $14k Corolla is much less affordable than a $25k Mustang. Your point?
          Jai
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Johnny Trailerpark
          1k Tata Nano is much less affordable than a 14k Toyota Corolla. Your point?
          over9000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Johnny Trailerpark
          Tata is not American. You need a higher IQ.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @over9000
        It's the new Mustang. It's kind of a big deal.
      Andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      The push-rod v8 is 100 times more reliable than dohc with variable valve timing. Cam chains 5 feet long, 32 valves, variable valve timing pieces that WEAR out. It is not sustainable in price to fix it, hence the fact they will be disposable engines and cars. No thanks, you can keep the gimmicks and Chinese trinkets.
        paulinator66
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre
        That's funny. Camaro fans have trashed the Mustang for years because it had a solid rear axle. Dinosaur technology. Now that the Mustang has IRS I guess the trash taking will be centered around the overly complex engine now. Really? I've not heard of anyone (with actual credibility) saying the OHC engine is any less reliable that an OHV engine. In fact, the only car I ever had that had problems with valves was my 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo with a 400ci small block. I had to park it because it burned out two valves on the passenger side. Andre, I hope you notice that Mustang guys (and gals) aren't trashing your dinosaur technology OHV engine the same way you Camaro guys trashed our solid rear axle. We could, but we don't. Just sayin' And one more thing. . .Everything is made in China these days. I hope you don't actually think GM's engines are free of Chinese made parts.
        Jai
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre
        Put your monry where your mouth is and go buy a Camaro then. And I guess Chevy is the only smart automaker in the world to use pushrods and everyone else is just dumb. I understand that you have your personal preferences but the claims you make are silly
      Moose_mil24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a Hyundai Tiburon put on a fusion dress.
      Andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey it is a Hunda Civick !!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andre
        [blocked]
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not been a fan of the Mustang since the early 70s. It simply doesn't flip my switch anymore.
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