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by Jez Spinks

The next-generation Ford Mustang has been confirmed for Australia to become the Blue Oval brand’s new hero car from 2015 onwards.

Ford Australia announced the expected news at a special Go Further event held in Sydney, where the company reiterated its commitment to the local market beyond 2016 when it will cease homegrown manufacturing.

It will be the first time a Ford Mustang has been sold officially in Australia since the late 1960s, though in 2001 and 2002 Tickford Vehicle Engineering converted a number of ‘Pony’ cars to right-hand drive for the local market.

The 2015 Ford Mustang will be factory-built right-hand drive, however, and is set to be more affordable than those conversions, however, which were priced from $85,000 for the coupe and $89,000 for the convertible.

“Mustang is coming to Australia and New Zealand,” said Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service. “We’ll have more to say on that in the near future.

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“The car has a unique connection with customers. It speaks to who we are – allowing you to enjoy the freedom of the journey like never before,” he added.

“One Ford is opening the door for Australians and consumers around the world to our best-ever portfolio of vehicles and giving them new reasons to look again at Ford. The Ford Mustang is one of these vehicles.”

The introduction of the Ford Mustang to Australia has been enabled by the famous American muscle car joining the company’s One Ford program that sees a single Ford built for global markets not just one.

It’s the same program that killed the Falcon as far back as January 2010, when Ford boss Alan Mulally said the One Ford policy would be applied to the company’s large cars.

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Ford’s large car for the future will be the Taurus, but Ford Australia looks set to use the next-generation Mondeo as a car that will straddle both the medium and large car markets locally.

Ford Australia made a number of announcements at a special Go Further event held at Sydney’s Fox Studios.

This included the reveal of the much-anticipated Ford Everest, the seven-seater SUV based on the Ranger and like the ute designed and developed for global markets.

It also previewed the last ever Ford Falcon ahead of its release in the second half of 2014.

CarAdvice spy photographers have snapped the next-generation Ford Mustang in heavy disguise. The all-new sports car is expected to switch from a live rear axle to independent rear suspension. The next Pony car is set to be unveiled at the 2014 New York motor show in April – a date that will mark the car’s 50th anniversary.