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Ford Pleased With 2015 Mustang Sales

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On: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:54AM | By: Gary P Garry


Ford Pleased With 2015 Mustang Sales

The Ford Mustang has been one of the cars that the company has relied upon for a very long time. Back in the beginning, Ford had high hopes for their pony car, but the results exceeded their expectations by a long shot.

Though the first Mustangs that were offered were considered to be 1965 models, they were actually introduced during the 1964 calendar year. The company expected to sell less than 100,000 units during the initial year of production, but they reached that sales figure after just 90 days or so.

They ramped up production in response to the demand, and by the end of 1965, they had sold over 600,000 units in America. The exact number varies depending on the source that you use. In 1966 over 607,000 Mustangs were purchased in the United States.

That is an incredible level of success, and though sales gradually declined, the success of the Mustang lead to the development of competitors like the Chevy Camaro, the Pontiac Firebird, the AMC Javelin, and the Plymouth Barracuda. (Interestingly enough, the Barracuda was actually first introduced about two weeks before the Mustang, so it is officially the first pony car.)

Some of these cars have fallen by the wayside over the years, but the Ford Mustang is still in high demand, at least by today's standards. The model that is moving out of the showrooms the fastest is the 2015 Mustang GT. This is the standard bearer for 'Stang power, with a 5-liter, 32-valve, 435-horsepower V8 under the hood.

It comes with a six-speed manual transmission, and the zero to sixty time is a rapid 4.4 seconds. The GT can get a quarter mile in 12.8 seconds, reaching a speed of 112.2 miles per hour in the process.

According to Motor Trend, the base price is right around $33,000, but the heavily equipped model that they tested was priced at $46,380.

Robust sales figures are all relative. Things aren't quite the same as they were in the middle of the 1960s, and sales eclipsing 600,000 units in a single year are certainly a thing of the past. However, Ford is quite pleased with the current state of affairs.

Since this year isn't over yet, 2014 figures are not available. In 2013, right around 77,000 Mustangs were sold. Ford says that just over 8700 new 2015 Mustangs were sold in November of this year, and a total of 20,000 models have been produced to date.

The company says that the cars sit around waiting to be bought for an average of eight days, so the demand is there in the U.S., and they are shipping a bunch of them overseas as well.

Christmas is on the way, and Ford is confident that the shelves will be full enough for those who want to stuff stockings with Mustangs this year.

12-5 arm




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