Production of the Ford Mustang for the Australian market has kicked off in the US ahead of its long-awaited arrival on local shores in December.
The news comes as Ford confirms it has now taken more than 3000 pre-orders for the pony car in Australia – more than any other right-hand-drive market in the world. It follows our report from last week that revealed the waiting list for the Mustang in Australia has almost extended out to 2017.
Australian Mustang customers have overwhelmingly favoured the 5.0-litre V8 GT model over the turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost variant. Eighty-nine per cent of local orders have been for the V8, leaving just 11 per cent opting for the cheaper EcoBoost.
The Fastback coupe body style is also the favourite with Aussies, accounting for 84 per cent of orders versus 16 per cent who have signed up for the convertible.
Another 400 orders have been placed by excited fans in New Zealand, while more than 2000 Brits have also signed up to be among the first to own the new-generation version of Ford’s iconic sports car.
Right-hook Mustangs will soon start making their way from Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan to these countries as well as South Africa, Japan, Cyprus, Malta and a smattering of Caribbean islands.
Global IHS Automotive data shows the new Ford Mustang was the top-selling sports car in the world in the first half of this year, with 76,124 registrations recorded between January and June.
Ford’s internal data shows the Mustang has overtaken the Chevrolet Camaro as the best-selling sports car in the US, with sales up 70 per cent in August compared with the previous year.
The Ford Mustang is priced from $44,990 to $63,990 plus on-road costs in Australia.
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